English and Reading

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Extended Time for ENGL 101 Online.

Don’t wait until July to start your online ENGL 101. This special section of the class begins June 18 and ends Aug. 12.

If English is not your thing, if you need time to draft, think and revise, then this seven week version of College Writing is your ticket. Don’t take a regular summer class that will move too quickly through the material. Take a class that lets you breathe a little.

Course Details

  • College Writing
  • ENGL 101
  • Summer 2, 2018 (SPECIAL DATES, see above!)
  • CRN: 11530
  • Campus: Online (distance learning)
  • Questions? Contact Prof.
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ENGL 102 SUMMER 2018 Distance Learning Orientation Dates Set

Student orientations for ENGL 102 DL (online) SUMMER 2018 I and II sessions will take place:

  • Mon. June 4: 7-8 p.m. BE 110, Germantown campus.
  • Fri. June 8: 7-8:00 p.m. HU 010, Rockville campus.


Questions or concerns? Contact: Prof.

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DL Students: ENGL-101 SUMMER ’18 Orientation Announced.

STUDENTS: ENGL-101, Distance Learning Orientations for Summer 2018 have been announced:

  • Mon. June 4: 7-8 p.m. HU311 Rockville campus.
  • Sat. June 9: 10-11 a.m. Pavillion3 206 Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus.
  • Mon. June 18: 7-8 p.m. PK179 Germantown campus.

Questions? Contact Prof.


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ENGL-103 Distance Learning Orientations Announced SUMMER ’18

STUDENTS: DL English 103: Summer 2018 DL Orientation Dates

  • Tue. May 29: 10-11 a.m. Pavillion3 #206,  Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus.
  • Tue. May 29: 6-7 p.m., HU325, Rockville campus.
  • Wed. May 30: 10-11 a.m. PK156, Germantown campus.
  • Wed. May 30: 5-6 p.m. HU325, Rockville

Questions? Contact Prof.

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ENGL 235: Literature and Film (Native American)

This class will explore the cinematic depiction and literary tradition of Native American peoples. We will watch and read about constructions of Natives, father/son relationships, coming of age, boarding school zombies, traditional stories, gender, and the unique experiences of contemporary Native Americans.

  • Literature and Film
  • ENGL 235
  • Fall 2018
  • CRN: 20551
  • Rockville campus
  • Prerequisite: a “C” or better in ENGL 101/A
  • Monday 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • For a printable flyer, click here.
  • Questions? Contact Prof.
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Speed up your graduation: Sign up for now ENGL 101A this summer at Takoma Park!

Have you successfully completed ELAI 990, IEWR, or ENGL perquisite? Looking to accelerate and streamline your ENGL 101/A requirement in less time than a regular semester? Then don’t miss ENGL 101A CRN 43799 in the summer at Takoma Park!

This class meets on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:15 to 9:25 from May 29 until Aug. 9

You do not have to cram a whole credit-level English class into six or seven weeks! Take your time over the summer!

Want to better your persuasive writing techniques with clearer and more effective college-level writing to have you even better prepared to start the new academic year? Get closer to graduation this summer!

If you can say yes to any of these, then be sure to register today to reserve your spot for ENGL 101A CRN 43799 in Summer I at Takoma Park!

I look forward to seeing you there! Feel free to email me, Prof. Couch, with any questions in the meantime about the class at:

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Intro. to Literature, Fall 2018

Kidnappings, murders, PTSD, and racial discrimination are just some of the things the characters go through in the stories we’ll read in Intro to Literature! Take this fully online course (which doesn’t require any textbook purchases!)

  • Intro. to Literature
  • Fall 2018
  • ENGL 190
  • CRN: 20248
  • Distance Learning (online)
  • Z-course (no or low textbook costs)
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

FRIDAY: Humanities Cherry Blossom Conference

Dear colleagues,

This coming Friday, April 13, the Theater Arts Arena in Rockville will host the third annual Humanities Students’ Cherry Blossom Conference. You can find a preliminary draft of the schedule for this year’s conference here. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Theater Arts Arena, Rockville campus.

We hope that no matter your discipline, you will make time in your day to support the great work our students are doing in Montgomery College Humanities courses. No matter your field, we think you and your students will find the student presentations engaging and relevant. Perhaps one of your students is even presenting!

Please attend all or part of the conference as you are able, and encourage your students to do the same. Our presenters are eager, and they would love to have your support. The conference will be divided into panels, and we will have some project and poetry selections this year as well. Lunch will be served from 12:10-12:50.

We hope to see you and your students there! Please do let me know if you have questions.


Rebecca Eggenschwiler

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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