English and Reading

We all write our own histories.


January 2016


Recent graduate Nadia Palacios is free lancing for the Montgomery Sentinel newspaper. Congrats, Nadia!

Montgomery College moves forward with renovation

Guardian Angels patrol on Metro

Deportation raids spread fear through Hispanic communities


100 Visitors Attend First Literature Poster Session

Literature Poster Session
Literature Poster Session

It was eleven-thirty in the morning, and Science Center 152 was already abuzz with the participants eagerly and excitedly talking about their projects and sharing their thoughts on their favorite works of literature with the faculty and students in attendance.

Some students were clustered around their posters chatting and relaxing, having found a space and occasion to be temporarily relieved of their study stress. This was the first Literature Poster Session hosted by the Department of Reading and English on November 17 in SC 152.

Over the course of the day, close to a hundred visitors attended the event. Thirty-three students had created colorful and thought-provoking poster presentations for display. Their topics ranged from Oedipus the King to Gilgamesh to Chinese poetry to Robinson Crusoe to Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things to Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Israel Alfaro won the poster session top prize for his English 201: World Lit I poster. Israel drew very clever connections between modern day memes and the Chinese ‘Classic of Poetry’ composed between 1000 and 600 B.C.E.

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Student PACE Winners Announced

Winners of the first annual PACE Awards, Fall 2015. Dean Rodney Redmond stands in the back row, left.
Winners of the first annual PACE Awards, Fall 2015.
Front: Jaya Yogendran, Jennifher Hernandez, Tara West, and Roger Witt.
Back: Dean Rodney Redmond, Jaime Vaquez, and Josh Goldstein

The English and Reading Department is proud to announce the winners of the first annual PACE Conference.

The top six prize recipients were

  • Josh Goldstein
  • Jennifher Hernandez
  • Jaime Vaquiz
  • Tara West
  • Roger Witt
  • Jaya Yogendran
  • Top spots: Roger, Jaya, and Tara!

Thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to our winners!

Students in PACE classes from Spring and Fall 2015 submitted essays in a highly competitive scholarship contest. The winners read their essays at the conference on Wednesday, Nov. 15 where awards were presented by Dean Rodney Redmond.

Late Start Intro. to Literature

ENGL190  CRN 31924 — Intro to Lit

Kirzner Compact Literature
Kirzner Compact Literature

Late start: Feb. 1, 9:00-9:55 MWF

Keep your General Education requirements up-to-date with this late start Introduction to Literature.  We’ll do fun stuff–Lit is fun!–and read mostly contemporary people… short story, poetry, plays, graphic novels.

For more on this, contact Prof.

All the Fun Dystopia Can Offer

Interested in exploring the rich worlds of literature and film all while fulfilling your Gen Ed Humanities Distribution? Prof. Matthew Decker’s ENGL 235 this semester on the Takoma Park/ Silver Spring campus.

This spring semester, the focus of this class will be on feature films adapted from novels that either explore or take place within dystopian worlds.  Emphasis will be on developing critical reading, viewing, and analytical skills by comparing and contrasting the literary texts and the film adaptations of the texts. 

 This class meets once a week on Wednesday from 2:00 – 4:55 PM and fulfills a General Education Program Humanities Distribution requirement. Want to know more?

Email Prof. Decker at


Take Techniques of Editing and Proofreading

Techniques of Editing and Proofreading is the latest course on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus!

Are you giving thanks to the heavens that you passed ENGL102 or ENGL103? Are you ecstatic to be “through with English”? 

Do you not yet realize that you will never be “through with English” in an English speaking country and that good written communication will be required in every course (even dance and math courses often require a research paper!) and in every non-menial job for the rest of your life?

To improve your ability to produce well-written documents of various kinds, take ENGL258. This is an evening class to accommodate those students looking to improve skills they already use in the workplace.

BusinessPeopleCrossingFinishLineENGL258 students will first brush up on grammar and punctuation rules and diction, then master the editing symbols, learn how to follow required formats and successfully turn poorly written communication into professional, publishable documents.

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Yoohoo, Heathcliff!

Just finished Wuthering Heights;
That Heathcliff, he gives me the frights:
Though Catherine was toast,
He pined for her ghost,
And stalked her some days and most nights.
–David Kaloustian (our esteemed colleague from Bowie State University)

Work in the Day, Learn in the Night

Need to complete your Basic English credits but you work all day?

Take ENGL-001, Basic English with Assistant Professor Elphick.

Here are the details:

  • Course: English 001: Basic Writing. CRN: 31095
  • Professor: Elphick
  • Campus: Rockville
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.
  • When: Spring Semester, 2016.
  • Course Begins: Jan. 26th

Get the latest SPRING 2016 Course News Here!

Courses at MC Germantown

Courses at MC Rockville

Courses at MC Takoma Park/Silver Spring

Courses Online (Distance Learning)

(We will be updating these pages constantly until the semester starts–come on back!)

New Combination: ENGL-102HC: Social Issues and the Science Behind Them

Honors students — For the first time at Montgomery College, we are offering a full honors ENGL 102 course with a focus on current social issues and the science behind them. Tackle topics such as climate change, genetic modification, energy, and conservation while developing and honing your reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. In addition, students in this course will have the opportunity to work with materials from the Library of Congress!

ENGL 102HC 36344
Spring 2016
MW 10:00 – 11:15
Professor John Wang

All Campuses: Get Global Now with GHUM101!

Global-Humanities-Institute-BannerIncrease your global knowledge! Begin your global training by taking Introduction to Global Humanities in Spring, 2016, now offered on all campuses.

Available on all three campuses:

This course focuses on contemporary issues about fairness, equality, and community around the world from the perspective of the humanities: history, language and literature, art, philosophy, religion. The course will feature films, events, and guest speakers on global humanities, from global perspectives that include popular culture. [Pre-requisite: ENGL101 assessment level or by instructor’s permission.]

This is a late-start course, beginning one week after normal start date.

Choose your campus!

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DL: Intro. to the Short Story (Ancient parables to modern myths and more…)

Read and study short stories from Ancient Parables to Modern Myths!

Distance Learning, Introduction to the Short Story

Professor Rita Kranidis, PhD


Pre-requisite: EN101/A or consent of the instructor

Study the evolution of the short story form over time and cultures, from ancient parables to contemporary myth-making. Learn how stories work and how they have been adapted and used for different purposes.  Samples of literature from the world will be studied, researched, analyzed and discussed, with opportunities for students to specialize in an author or text they are most interested in. Online sources will supplement assigned anthology.

Email the prof:

Introduction to World Literature II on the TPSS Campus

Introduction to World Literature II, Takoma Park Campus

Samplings of World Literature from 1650 to today, in its many forms and origins. Readings will include poetry, drama, letters, novels, and various experimental forms of writing. Students will have an opportunity to specialize in a period, author or culture that they find most interesting. We will explore the messages world literature conveys and work to connect the literature with its multiple contexts. Online sources will supplement assigned Dover Thrift Editions books.

Professor Rita Kranidis, PhD

ENGL 202 [31922]

TR   12:30PM-1:45PM  TPSS Campus

Pre-requisite: EN101/A or consent of the instructor. EN201 is NOT a pre-requisite for this course.

Montgomery College English-Reading Department Distance Learning IconENGL-103 Distance Learning Students: Orientations for Spring 2016 have been announced:


  • January 25th (Monday), Rockville, 4:00-5:00, Room HU 123
  • January 29th (Friday), Rockville, 11:00-12:00, Room HU 123
  • January 29th (Friday), Germantown, 3:00-4:00, Room PK 181
  • January 30th (Saturday), Takoma Park/Silver Spring, 10:00-11:00, Room ST330
  • March 21st (Monday), Takoma Park/Silver Spring, 11:00-12:00, Room ST332

Bethesda Literary Festival Call for Stories, Poems, Essays!

Bethesda Urban Partnership
Bethesda Urban Partnership

The 16th annual Bethesda Literary Festival in April will host an array of local and national authors, journalists and poets, as well as writing contests and poetry contests. Contest entries are due soon.

The literary prizes for short stories and essays: Jan. 22!

Poets have a bit more time, Feb. 12.

Check the links for more information about this. Presented by the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda magazine.

The Perils of “Paradise Lost”

Our class just read Paradise Lost;
For two weeks its content we glossed:
And to th’Edenic prohibition,
I have this addition:
Avoid Milton, whatever the cost.

–from Prof. David Kaloustian of Bowie State (Thanks, Dave!)

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