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ENGL-103 Distance Learning Orientations Announced Spring ’18

Students: Distance Learning Orientations for Spring 2018:  

  • Jan. 22:  3-4 p.m., HU317, Rockville campus 
  • Jan. 23: 4-5 p.m., PK156 Germantown campus 
  • Jan. 27: 10-11 a.m., ST328, Silver Spring/Takoma Park campus 
  • March 1: 10-11 a.m., HU317, Rockville campus 

Questions? Contact Prof. 

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DL Students: ENGL-101 Spring ’18 Orientation Announced UPDATED.

STUDENTS: ENGL-101, Distance Learning Orientations for Spring 2018:

  • Jan. 22, 2018 from 7 – 8 p.m. PK177, Germantown campus
  • Jan. 24, 2018 from 7 – 8 p.m. HU311, Rockville campus
  • Feb. 17, 2018 from 10 -11 a.m. ST328, Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus
  • UPDATED: March 24, 2018 from 10 – 11 a.m. PK156, Germantown campus.

Questions? Contact Prof.

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ENGL 102 Student Distance Learning Orientation Dates Set…

ENGL-102: Spring 2018 Orientation Dates

Spring 2018 Student Orientations for ENGL 102 DL will take place:

  • Jan. 23, 2018, 8-9 p.m. HU 113, Rockville campus
  • Jan. 27, 2018, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. HS 167 Germantown campus
  • Feb. 17, 2018, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ST 328 Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus
  • March 19, 2018, 7 p.m.-8p.m. HU 125 Rockville campus

Questions? Contact Prof.

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Faculty: Middle States Listening Tours Announced

You may register in advance for the session through MCLearns or simply drop in.  Students, staff, faculty, and administrators are all invited to attend.  Snacks will be provided! We hope to see you there; if you’re not able to attend tomorrow, please see below for the full schedule of sessions.  To access the report, please visit





Feb 1

2:45-3:45 pm

SC 151


Feb 5

1:30-2:30 pm

PK 105


Feb 7

1:30-2:30 pm

CM 220


Feb 12

12:30-1:30 pm

SC 151


Feb 20

3:30-4:30 pm

PK 178


Feb 22

10:00-11:00 am

MK 300


Feb 27

10:30-11:30 am

CT S108

Central Services

Mar 1

3:30-4:30 pm

HC 222


Mar 6

3:30-4:30 pm

SW 301


Prof. Niamatali published in anthology

World of Poetry Niamatali

Professor Stanley Niamatali (ENGL-R) has had his poems “The Deportee” and “The Convert’s Defence” included in the anthology A World of Poetry (3rd edition, 2017).


It’s available as a paperback at online retailers and in e-book format.


“Lives of the Apostles” published by Prof. Collins.

Lives of the Apostles Clif CollinsProfessor Clif Collins (ENGL-R) has published a book of poetry, “Lives of the Apostles.” It’s available as a paperback at online retailers and in e-book format.


…and he said how if he could

just find the right woman

he’d burn everything

he owned and start over,

then laughed and freed

the smoke on that kudzu trestle–

said that’s what he’d been doing

most of his life anyway,

minus the right woman.

Dept. Chair Publishes Study

Montgomery College Faculty and StaffENGL-READ Dept. Chair Elizabeth Benton published a study, “It’s Emotional: An English Teacher’s Journey In a New Classroom” on the Innovation Works website. The study tracks the academic and emotional life of a community college professor, “Sarah,” through her teaching in a new form of English Composition class.

The Accelerated Learning Program, or ALP, brings developmental students into the college-level classroom and also continues instruction with them in a separate course. It asks the teacher to open up to students and consider the whole student–academic and home life–during instruction: “In her classroom, Sarah recognizes the need to invest in the students’ lives, to understand who they are beyond their essay writing.”

From the study:

But when we are faced with more than half of a class of students who are just not “getting it,” we have to consider our whole person as well as theirs. In an effort to create meaningful instruction, do we have to invest ourselves in the lives of our students, their educational and life gaps? Perhaps the inclusion model for developmental student learning is an effective first step toward answering that question.

Benton is a doctoral candidate at The George Washington University in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Get Your Seat Now for ENGL 102 31436!


Have you successfully completed ENGL 101 or ENGL 101A? Then don’t miss ENGL 102 CRN 31436 at Takoma Park starting Jan. 29 on Monday evenings at 6:15 p.m., spring 2018.

Want to better your persuasive writing techniques, MLA documentation, and research skills while developing clearer and more effective college-level writing? How about becoming adept in reading and writing about important social issues to develop persuasive argumentative techniques and improve important research skills?

Then don’t miss this class!

I look forward to seeing you there and feel free to email me, Prof. Landrus, with any questions in the meantime about the class at:

  • ENGL 102, Critical Thinking, Writing and Research
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 31436
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus.
  • Monday 6:15-9 p.m.
  • LATE STARTING CLASS: starts Jan. 29.
  • Prerequisite: ENGL 101/A
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Click here for a printable/downloadable flyer.

Artificial Humans 2

Humans have imagined making artificial versions of themselves, from monsters to robots to AI, for thousands of years. Studying written and film examples of these creations helps us understand shared human concerns ranging from the nature of the divine to the desires of the flesh; from the power of the artist to the responsibilities of the parent. Join us as we explore those we make in our own image, out of whatever materials we can find: from clay to flesh to silicon–and beyond.

  • ENGL 235, Film and Literature
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 31090
  • Rockville campus.
  • Wed. 1:00 to 3:40 p.m.
  • Prerequisite: ENGL 101/A
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Click here for a printable/downloadable flyer.

Master Your Craft: Advanced Fiction 265

If you are serious about writing fiction and you want to learn more, consider taking Advanced Fiction 265. This course allows you to read serious works of fiction, discuss what you are reading, and share your own writing with a group of fellow writers. Our goal for this course is to help you refine what you have already written so you can send it to literary journals for possible publication. If you haven’t taken a fiction writing course at Montgomery college before, you can send a writing sample to get approval to take the Advanced course.

  • ENGL 265, Advanced Creative Writing, Fiction
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 35920
  • Rockville campus.
  • Tue./Thu., 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
  • Prerequisite: ENGL 264 or the equivalent, or consent of instructor based upon a writing sample
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Click here for a printable/downloadable flyer.

Intro to Lit Hybrid This Spring!

This is a fast, convenient way to complete your HUMD requirement. It only meets face-to-face one night a week, with most course discussions on Blackboard. No lengthy research paper required! The textbook is available on Amazon, usually for under $50

  • ENGL 190
  • CRN: 31510
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus
  • LATE STARTING, Thursdays 6:15-8 p.m.
  • HUMD
  • Honors module available, CRN: 36135
  • Prerequisite: students must be at the ENGL 101/A (but it is not a prerequisite).
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Click here for a printable/downloadable flyer.

Take ENGL 212 Survey of American Literature II

Read and discuss thought-provoking literature from America past and present. Come to your own conclusions about what kind of country we are, have been, and should be.

  • ENGL 212, Survey of American Literature II
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN:  31086
  • Rockville campus.
  • TR 3:30-4:45
  • Prerequisite: ENGL 101/A
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Click here for a printable/downloadable flyer.

Get Lit! Masterpieces of Asian Literature

After a lengthy absence, Masterpieces of Asian Literature is now being offered. Students will read core texts, including, but not limited to: The Art of War, The Ramayana, and The Tale of Genji.

As this is a “Z” course, all materials will be provided to students electronically. No textbook purchases required!

Students will complete journal entries, engage in spirited (respectful) discussions, and submit a final project on a topic of their choice (related, of course, to an Asian literary text discussed in class.)

The course will be taught using high interest films and audio materials.

Students must have regular access to the internet and have some proficiency in working with cloud documents.

Click here for a printable/downloadable flyer.

  • Masterpieces of Asian Literature
  • ENGL 205
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 34389
  • Rockville campus
  • M/W 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • z-course (zero- or very low-cost textbook materials)
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Come on, get lit! You won’t regret it!

English 102 and Biology 101 Paired Courses: Special Spring’18 ONLY Opportunity

English 102, Critical Reading, Writing and Research is joined with Biology 101, General Biology as paired courses in spring 2018. Team taught by Professors Christina Devlin (English) and Carol Allen (Biology) the course focuses on communication, not just in writing, but through all the means available to living organisms of all kinds.
Special paired course benefits include:

  • Compact Monday-Wednesday schedule for all 7 credits with
    coordinated due dates
  • Germantown campus
  • Readings about critical issues in biology
  • Lab science and transfer composition requirements met

Students in this course pairing will:

  • Acquire critical thinking skills in science and the humanities
  • Practice study skills which apply to any course
  • Discover how lab and library research connect to each other

Students should register for:


Travel Through Time and Space in the World of Short Stories

A study of the short story in world literature with emphasis on the literary form. Students will examine the basic elements of fiction as they appear in short stories. Concentration will be on the literary analysis of short stories from a variety of critical perspectives. (HUMD) PREREQUISITE: A grade of C or better in ENGL 101 or ENGL 101A or consent of department.

This is a z-course: all textbook materials are available at no cost for this section. Regular internet access is required for access to materials. For more information see

  • ENGL 233
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 34572
  • Germantown Campus
  • Mondays 6:30 – 9:10 p.m.
  • HUMD, Humanities Distribution
  • Z-course (free, or very low cost, textbook materials)
  • Prerequisite: ENGL 101/A
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Spring ’18: Survey of Brit Lit II

Do you want to:

  • Read poetry that is intense, emotional, rebellious, and enigmatic?
  • Experience life through pleasure and pain, tears and laughter, joy and suffering, mysteries and adventures?
  • Understand why race relations are so complex?
  • Find out why our modern existence is so puzzling and confusing?

Learn why in ENGL 214, Survey of British Literature II, literature from the mid-18th to the 20th century.

  • Survey of British Literature II
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 33928
  • Distance Learning (online)
  • Honors module is also available under CRN: 36016.
  • HUMD: Humanities Distribution requirements and is transferable to other institutions.
  • You can take Brit Lit II without taking Brit Lit I.
  • For a printable flyer, click here
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

It took a while, but we’re finally on instagram: @englishreadingmc/

The ENGL-READ Department is on twitter @MC_ENGLREAD, find us!

Prof. Marianne Szlyk’s poem “The Summer After the Bridge Closed,” published by Duane’s PoeTree blog. (The link is updated, sorry for the confusion.)

“Fat black crows strut down/
quiet streets, across matted grass.”

Spring’18: Intro. to Literature

Explore the human experience through fiction, poetry, and drama.

Join ENGL 190:

  • Intro. to Literature
  • T/R 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
  • CRN: 31078
  • Rockville campus

Questions? Contact:

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