English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP), Linguistics, and Communication Studies

Usha Venkatesh
Usha Venkatesh, Interim Instructional Dean

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 Interim Dean of the English Language for Academic Purposes, Linguistics and Communication Studies Division, Usha Venkatesh provides oversight to faculty and staff in three academic departments and the Germantown Writing, Reading and Language Center. Dean Venkatesh first joined Montgomery College in 1987 as a part-time faculty. In August 1988, she became a full-time faculty member in the Department of English at Rockville, teaching ESL, Developmental Writing, and Professional Writing. She taught in the American English Language Program (AELP), Reading and Linguistics department from 1992 to 2007. After a break in service for personal reasons, she rejoined MC in 2012. She took on a leadership role in the AELP redesign process from August 2013, and worked with the discipline and the college to implement the new ELAP program in Fall 2017. She served as the Chair of the department from 2014-2018. During her long tenure at the College, she has served as AELP Program Coordinator and Smithsonian Faculty Fellows coordinator, served on various Collegewide and campus committees and workgroups including the GHI, and co-chaired the Standard IV segment of the 2018 Middle States self-study report.

Professor Venkatesh is committed to equity and social justice through education. She strongly believes in the power of education to strengthen communities and create understanding and unity. She is proud to be among the faculty and staff at MC, who work tirelessly to actualize this power for our students.

Professor Venkatesh holds a M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), M.A. in English Literature, and M.A in Linguistics.

Departments

Degrees and Certificates

Z-Degree

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

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

Academic Reading


Academic Writing

Academic Speaking and Listening

Academic Integrated Skills

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

 

Writing, Reading, and Language Centers

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