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English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP), Linguistics, and Communication Studies
Our goal is to empower students in a globally diverse society to become stronger communicators and engaged citizens of the world. Whether your interests are learning to read, write, and speak English for academic purposes; exploring the history of languages; or transferring to a four-year institution with a communication studies associate’s degree, faculty and staff in this division look forward to assisting you.
There is an academic department on each of the three campuses, and instructional support is available to students in the Writing, Reading and Language Centers on each campus. Learn more about the division’s programs and locations using the links on this webpage.
As the Dean of the English Language for Academic Purposes, Linguistics and Communication Studies Division, Fiona Glade provides oversight to faculty and staff in three academic departments and the Germantown Writing, Reading, and Language Center. A first-generation college student and immigrant to the United States, Dean Glade earned her A.A. in English from Antelope Valley Community College; her B.A. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara; and her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State University.
From 2004 to 2009 Professor Glade was faculty at Sacramento State University, where she taught undergraduate composition and writing-in-the-disciplines courses as well as graduate courses in the theory and practice of composition, rhetoric, second language reading and writing, and pedagogy. She also served as coordinator of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement and as vice chair of the Department of English for four years. Dean Glade moved to Maryland in 2013 to serve at the University of Baltimore as Director of the Writing Program, then from 2016 to 2020 as interim Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and finally as Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies.
Based on her own experiences, Dean Glade believes passionately in the capacity of higher education to be transformative, and she is proud to join students, faculty, and staff at MC where her highest priority is to contribute to the college’s commitment to academic excellence and lifelong learning, and to support students’ achievement of the goals they have set for their own education pathways.
ELAP, Linguistics, and Communication Studies Department - Germantown
Department Chair: Jorinde van den Berg
ELAP, Linguistics, and Communication Studies Department - Rockville
Interim Department Chair: Raymond Gonzales
ELAP, Linguistics, and Communication Studies Department - Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Department Chair: Angela Nissing
Degrees and Certificates
Communication Studies offers a z-degree, which is a commitment by Montgomery College to offer sections of courses needed to complete your degree without required textbook purchases. Students have found z-courses useful because the materials can be accessed conveniently, they are available immediately, and they fit seamlessly into the course.
More Programs and Courses
The ELAP program offers two levels of writing, reading, and speaking/listening courses and an integrated skills "capstone" course in order to meet the language and academic cultural-adaptation needs of non-native speakers of English.
Learn more about the ELAP program and courses.