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

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus



Communication Studies offers a Z-degree, which is a commitment by MC 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.

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. 

Meet Our Faculty and Staff

English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) Program

This 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 ELAP.

Student Resources

Noncredit Courses and Training

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new. We offer a variety of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. There are three ESL programs for adult learners whose first language is not English.