English and Reading

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June 2016

Eggenschwiler: No Cookie-Cutter Classes

Montgomery College Faculty and StaffEnglish Professor Rebecca Eggenschwiler (Rockville campus) has penned another nice piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education. (Another? Here’s the first.) Read both!

In this one, she pushes against the current trend of standardization in the classroom:

This is one part of a larger, troubling trend. Many people seem to be intensely afraid of the interpersonal nature of education, as we can see with the rush to standardization, the focus on data, the prescriptive pathways to student success. Some would like to unlock the secrets to education via neat little columns and easily replicable results. But education is based on human interactions, which are messy and ill-defined and unpredictable. They vary, as will our classrooms.



Complete ENGL102 in 5 Weeks Summer 2 at TP/SS!

If you want to complete your English Foundation before the start of the fall semester, consider taking it at night during summer session II on the TP/SS campus!

The course (CRN 10191) meets on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night from July 12th to August 11th from 6-8:30.

The textbook is older and can be purchased used for considerably less than the current textbook adoptions.  And it’s just as good too!

The textbook is: Wood, Nancy V., Perspectives on Argument, 7th ed. ISBN 9780205060337.

The required handbook is also readily available used: Hacker, Diana, Rules for Writers, 7th ed.  9780312647957

Come after work and be done each night in just two and a half hours–no long class meetings that go into the late night!

Please forward any questions to Prof. Couch at or (240) 567-1352.

Don’t delay; enroll today!

Summer 2: Women in Literature

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  • ENGL 208: Women in Literature
  • 3 credit hours
  • 5-week course, July 11- August 11, 2016
  • Mondays through Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. through 12:25 p.m.
  • Germantown campus, PK180
  • Fulfills General Education Humanities Distribution requirement and the Global and Cultural Perspectives requirement for graduation
  • Taught by Professor Sharon Anthony (

Have fun exploring the work of famous writers such as Mary Shelley, Sojourner Truth, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Virginia Woolf, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, and Amy Tan.

This is a great opportunity to read wonderful literature and satisfy a General Education and graduation requirement at the same time!

Summer 2: ENGL102 with Chet Pryor

English 102 with Chet Pryor

  • Chet Pryor
    • B.S. Penn State
    • M.A. Lehigh

Literary Approach: leading to a final portfolio

Excellent reviews on Rate My Professor

Second Summer Semester – July 12 to August 18th 8am

MC – Germantown Campus

Summer 2: Get a Fresh Start this Fall. Get 101A out of the way!

Start Fall Semester Fresh with EN101A out of the way!

  • Summer Session II
  • EN101A, CRN 10020
  • Professor Katherine Smith
  • 8a.m-11:40 a.m.

The many advantages of taking EN101A in Summer:

  • You will have more writing practice and lots of confidence under your belt before Fall Semester begins.
  • This Course meets first thing in the morning, so you can get on with the rest of your day.
  • You can focus on writing without having numerous other courses to think about.
  • Lots of individual attention to support you while you write.
  • Conveniently located in Germantown.

Sign up for Summer Session II EN101A 10020 today!

Summer 2: Invigorate Your Summer with Intro. to College Writing

ENGL 101A: Introduction toCollege Writing

  • SUMMER II (July 11 to Aug. 11)
  • Thursday from 9:00 to 11:55 a.m.

Are you looking for an opportunity to invigorate your summer with a fun and rewarding learning experience? An experience that centers on inspiring readings, unique writing topics, and valuable debates about current events? An experience you can pursue in the morning without dominating your entire day?

Consider enrolling in one of Montgomery College’s English Foundation courses in Summer II.

In Professor Matthew Decker’s ENGL 101A, he is excited to take students on a journey through multiple writing modes, to introduce relevant grammar and punctuation concepts, and to navigate the work of impressive student writers as well as the timeless stories of the authors you know and love.

Want to know more about the course? Continue reading “Summer 2: Invigorate Your Summer with Intro. to College Writing”

Fall 2016: “Imagining Peace”

Do you wish you lived in a more peaceful and just world?

How might we imagine and work to create a more peaceful and just world?

How can literary works contribute to our understanding of peace and social justice?

Imagining Peace (PHIL 101 and ENGL102) is a learning community that integrates two courses, Introduction to Philosophy along with Critical Reading, Writing and Research to provide an interdisciplinary approach to studying global non-violent solutions to conflict through literature, philosophy, research, and practice.

This learning community explores various conceptions of non-violence—ones that will enhance our goal beyond merely seeking to obtain the absence of violence, but which can also serve as a powerful tool for imagining and constructing a more just and peaceful world. We invite our students to share in this work.

  • Developed and taught by Professors Tülin Levitas and Effie Siegel
  • FALL 2016
  • ENGL102  #24508 MW 12:30 – 1:45
  • PHIL 102 #24669 MW 2:00 – 3:15
  • Take them together!

Continue reading “Fall 2016: “Imagining Peace””

GHI Needs Web Master

Dear colleagues:

The Global Humanities Institute seeks a faculty member who can devote some time to maintaining our website, As per the conditions of our grant, our website is the key means through which we share our work with our colleagues here and at other institutions working on developing a similar program.

As you can see, our previous web person, who has just become chair of her department, has done an outstanding job over the last four years so that we have everything in place. Now we need someone to make modifications and updates as necessary, on an ongoing basis.

Continue reading “GHI Needs Web Master”

Sample Some Literature this Fall

Sign up for ENGL 190 Intro. to Literature.

  •  Fall 2016, CRN 20774
  • Wednesday Night 6:30 to 9:10 pm
  • Late Starting Class: Begins Sept. 14

It’s a general elective… Humanities distribution

Explore plays like Fences and A Doll’s House, graphic fiction, short stories like “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, flash fiction, and poems!

Explore topics like gender equality, the relationship between parents and children, African-American experience in the United States, Latino/a experience in the United States, immigration, self-actualization, and the battle between free verse and form in poetry.

For more information, email Dr. Szlyk at

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