Writing, Reading and Language Center (WRL) - Germantown

Hours

Summer:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday: Closed 

Fall/Spring:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The WRL Center serves as a resource for students, faculty and staff and provides support services to students in all classes that require reading, writing, speech, American English Pronunciation, and world languages. The services provided are one-to-one tutoring, specialized workshops, access to instructional technology, the Microsoft Office software suite, WEPA print services, and various resources assigned by faculty.

Location: Humanities and Social Sciences (HS) Building, Room 150 (see campus map)
Phone: 240-567-1802
You must have an MC ID to use the WRL Center. 

  • The Center welcomes all Montgomery College students to use the WRL Center for course related work.
  • Students must be currently enrolled at MC.
  • Classes sometimes use computers during scheduled class times, so there may be only a small number of computers for individual use.
  • Please note that the Center's hours may change during the semester due to holidays or special events.
  • Please use a USB flash drive or cloud storage to save your work. No work will be saved on the server.
  • All students are required to pay for printing. Please go to the WEPA link for more information.
  • Drinks with lids are allowed, but no food is allowed in the Center.
  • Please silence your cell phone and leave the Center if you need to make a phone call.
  • Children under the age of 16 are only allowed if supervised by an adult. If a child/children are unsupervised or disruptive, they cannot remain in the Center. See Montgomery College Procedure #75005CP for full details.
  • Center staff and student aides are not responsible for students' and other visitors' personal belongings that are left unattended.

The Writing, Reading, and Language Center provides a place for students to receive individualized tutoring help. Tutoring appointments are up to 45 minutes long. Scheduled tutoring appointments are reserved by signing up online up to seven days in advance. Come to HS150 if you need help reserving online. For same-day or walk-in appointments sign up at the front desk in HS150 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

In general, the WRL Center tutors perform the following services:

  • Help students to strengthen and reinforce their fundamental language skills.
  • Assist in brainstorming assignment topic ideas.
  • Teach writing assignment organization skills.
  • Address writing assignments' substantive content concerns.
  • Teach test-taking skills.

 

Tutoring Schedule 
Day of week Schedule Tutor
Monday CHECK BACK FOR UPDATED TUTORING SCHEDULE  
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Tutoring Policies
  • For scheduled appointments, students may sign up online up to seven days in advance (but not on the current day).
  • For walk-in or same-day appointments, students may sign up at the front desk in HS 150.
  • For all appointments, students must be registered with the WCOnline scheduling system. If students are not registered, the staff in HS 150 will help them to register.
  • Tutoring appointments are up to 45 minutes long, but may be shorter depending on content.
  • Students may have up to one appointment per day.
  • Students may work on up to one assignment per appointment.
  • Students must bring an MC ID, assignment prompt, and completed writing, if any, (printed) to their tutoring appointments. 
  • The MC ID will be checked at the front desk before the appointment begins. 
Attendance and Late Policy
  • If students miss or cancel appointments three times, they will lose the privilege to schedule appointments. Students may still have walk-in appointments. 
  • Students may cancel appointments up to 24 hours in advance with no penalty. If students cancel an appointment on the same day, the appointment is considered canceled.
  • Students must be on time to scheduled appointments. If students are more than 10 minutes late for a scheduled appointment, the appointment is considered missed. 

Faculty, peer and online tutoring are available every semester for students enrolled in a language course at Montgomery College.

Tutoring Schedule

  • Individual Spanish Tutoring: Prof. Estrada, Wed. 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m. (9/11-12/11)
    Individual Spanish/French Tutoring: Prof. King,  Tue. 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.  (9/10-12/17)
  • Group Spanish Tutoring: Prof. Campbell, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (10/2, 10/24, 11/5, 12/9)

Faculty Tutoring

Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring is available by appointment. Flyers will be available for students and faculty at the WRL Center front desk.

How it works

  • A student interested in being tutored will contact the peer tutor via the email listed on the flyer.
  • The tutor and tutee will set up an appointment for tutoring at the language lab (HS150).
  • Both the tutor and the tutee need to bring their MC IDs and sign in at the lab in order to get extra credit for the time they spend working together. 
  • Tutoring can only be in a one-on-one format and involves conversations between the tutor and the tutee. 

Online Tutoring through Smarthinking

Smarthinking is an online tutoring service that is available to all students. Smarthinking provides tutoring in many disciplines, including Spanish. Students can use Smarthinking for drop-in tutoring, scheduled online tutoring, and off-line questions. Log in to your free account through MyMC and click on the "Smarthinking" link under "Student Quick Links." The WRL Center staff is happy to assist you in using this service.    

Saturday Workshops

All Saturday workshops will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in HS-150.

  • September 21: Paraphrasing and Summarizing
  • September 28: Thesis Statements and Outlines
  • October 5: Rhetorical Analysis
  • October 12: MLA and APA Citations
  • October 19: Commas, Semicolons, and Apostrophes
  • October 26: Academic Research
  • November 2: Annotated Bibliographies
  • November 9: Advanced Quoting and Paraphrasing
  • November 16: Commas, Semicolons, and Apostrophes
  • November 23: In-Class Essay Preparation
Powerpoint Basics Workshops

All Powerpoint Basics Workshops will be held in in HS-150.

  • Wednesday, October 2, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 30, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 4,12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Resumes and Cover Letters Workshop

Resumes and Cover Letters Workshop will be held in in HS150.

  • Tuesday, November 5, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
e-Portfolios Workshops

e-Portfolios Workshops will be held in HS150.

  • Thursday, October 3, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 10, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
WRL Center Germantown Staff
Name Title Phone Email
Elysse Meredith  Interim Manager 240-567-2146 elysse.meredith@montgomerycollege.edu 
Mimi Yu Instructional Associate  240-567-1832 mimi.yu@montgomerycollege.edu  
Geraldine Natali Instructional Associate   geraldine.natali@montgomerycollege.edu 
Mary Mowen  Instructional Associate   mary.mowen@montgomerycollege.edu 
Louise Ng Instructional Assistant 240-567-1846 louise.ng@montgomerycollege.edu 
Yi Sheh Instructional Assistant 240-567-7856 yi.sheh@montgomerycollege.edu 
Marcus Somerville Instructional Assistant 240-567-1846 marcus.somerville@montgomerycollege.edu 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The Center has an accessible entrance and assistive technology. All of the computers have Jaws (screen reader), Zoomtext (screen magnifier), and Kurzweil (content reader). Two of the machines have Dragon dictation software installed.

There is also a scanner with the designated DSS station and a CCTV (a machine that enlarges non-electronic documents  for low vision students).

If you need special accommodations, please contact the Interim Manager, Elysse Meredith, at 240-567-2146, elysse.meredith@montgomerycollege.edu, or in her office in the WRL Center, HS150. 

For students, the WRL Center provides Writing/Reading Tutoring, World Language Tutoring, a computer room with PCs, and a language lab. Class orientations and workshops are also available. 

Nothing. The services offered by the WRL Center are part of your tuition. 

 The College is not responsible for unaccompanied minors who are not participating in a structured program or activity. If a minor on College premises appears to be unaccompanied and in need of supervision (for example should an emergency arise), staff will contact the College Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management. Public Safety staff will temporarily supervise the minor and may, in their discretion, contact law enforcement or child protection authorities. 

 

Who can use the computer lab?

Montgomery College students, faculty, and staff. Sometimes the room is reserved for classes, orientations, or workshops so it may not be available for your use. There are computers in the tutoring area that are also available.

What kinds of computers are in the WRL Center?

The WRLC computer room contains 50 PCs. All are equipped with webcams, headphones, and other assistive technology. 

How do I log in to the computer? 

Use your MyMC login and password. If you are having difficulty logging in, please speak to a staff member. 

Who can I ask for help using the computers and lab equipment?

All of the WRL Center staff are trained to help you use the computers and lab equipment. If, for whatever reason, we are not
able to assist you, we will direct you to the appropriate resource on campus. 

How do I print?

See Printing on Campus for more information.  

What software should I use? 

Your instructor will tell you which software programs to use during your required lab hours. Often, that information can be  found on the course syllabus or the course Blackboard site. 

If you have come to practice a specific skill on your own (not lab hours), speak to a staff member for advice on which program would be appropriate for your skill level. Remember that staff members cannot replace your professor's advice. 

What software is available to my students in the computer room?

Computers are available to currently enrolled students for academic activities. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are on all workstations. Software to support academic coursework is also available.

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ELAP Resources

The English Language for Academic Purposes program offers multiple resources for students enrolled in ELAP reading, writing, and  speaking and listening courses. Please visit the Center for a full list of web resources available, or consult the MC  Libraries website. http://libguides.montgomerycollege.edu/aelp  

Will someone be on hand to help me use the software?

Yes. Staff members are trained to answer your questions about using the available software. Faculty are encouraged to   visit the WRL Center Language Lab in HS 150 before sending or taking students there.

Which languages can students receive help with?

Tutoring services are determined by the World Languages Program on the Germantown Campus. Typically, tutors are 
available for Chinese and Spanish.

Where are the World Language tutors?

The World Language tutors are available in the Language Lab in HS 150.

Who are the World Language tutors?

All of the World Language tutors have proficiency in the languages they tutor and most have advanced degrees in  languages. 

How do I know when a specific World Language tutor is available?

Printed schedules are posted in the World Languages Tutoring Area for you to see which tutors are available throughout  the week. 

How do I sign up to see a World Language tutor? 

Go to the front desk in the WRL Center, HS 150, and a staff member will help you sign up for a World Language tutor.  
You will need to present a current, valid MC ID. 

How long does the tutoring session last?

A tutoring session lasts 15 minutes, but if no one is waiting for a tutor, the tutor will usually be able to see you for a longer  period of time.  

Will my instructor know that I have seen a World Language tutor? 

 Yes, if you ask your tutor to send a report to your instructor.   

Where are the Writing/Reading Tutors?

Writing/Reading Tutors are in the WRL Center, HS 150.

Who can see a tutor?

Any currently enrolled MC student. To use the WRL Center services, you must present a current and valid MC ID.  

Can I get help for a friend or family member? 

No. Tutoring services are available only to current students, faculty, and staff. However, anyone is welcome to use the Center's online handouts and videos. 

How do I sign up to see a tutor? 

Register and sign up online here for a scheduled appointment. Come to the front desk in HS 150 for a walk-in appointment.  

How long does a tutoring appointment last?

Each tutoring appointment lasts up to 45 minutes long. 

Will I have to wait a long time to see a tutor?

It depends. If you schedule ahead, you will not have to wait. If you walk in, there may be students ahead of you.  

I came before closing time, but the staff would not let me sign me in. Why?

While we do our best to staff the Center with more than enough tutors, sometimes so many students sign up for tutoring early on that tutors will need the remainder of the night to finish tutoring them all. If staff determine that you will not be able to be seen in the remaining time, they will close sign-in. 

Can I request a specific tutor? 

Yes. If you wish to work with a particular tutor, inform the staff member at the front desk. The staff member will check  that tutor's schedule and let you know if it will be possible for you to work with your preferred tutor during his or her shift. 

What kind of work can I bring to a tutor?

You may bring any writing or reading work to discuss with a tutor. This includes academic essays, transfer or scholarship 
essays, resumes or cover letters, or anything else that is written in English. 

You can also come at any stage in the writing process. This includes asking questions about your assignment and 
brainstorming your ideas.

How many times may I see a tutor in one day?

Students may have up to one appointment per day with a tutor. 

What kind of help will I receive from a tutor?

  • Tutors first focus on the questions that you have brought to the session. 
  • Next, you may read your paper to the tutor while the tutor focuses on higher order concerns such as what your ideas are and whether or not you have presented them in a logical way.     
  • The tutor may ask you questions that will help you clarify your main idea and organization. Tutors can help you decide if you have supported your idea adequately with examples and details and if you have introduced and concluded your paper effectively.   
  • Then, the tutor may address lower order concerns such as grammar, punctuation, word choice, and word forms.      The tutor may point out grammatical errors and ask you how you think it might be corrected. 
  • This kind of work with the tutor will make you a stronger reader and writer and help you become more independent in revising, editing, and proofreading your work.

Who are the tutors? 

All of our Writing/Reading tutors are professional staff or faculty and have degrees in English, TESOL, Rhetoric/Composition,  or another writing intensive field. 

Will my instructor know that I used the tutoring services? 

Yes, unless you ask us not to contact him/her. The tutor will (with your permission) email a copy of the tutoring report 
form to your instructor. This report describes what you and your tutor worked on during your session. This lets your 
teachers know that you have taken the initiative to improve as a writer or reader. Most instructors are delighted to learn 
that you have visited the Center.

Who can come to workshops?

Any member of the Montgomery College community can attend workshops, including current students, faculty, and staff.

Do I need to pre-register?

No, but it is preferred. Please register for workshops here. If you would like to have a schedule for workshops, you can 
download it here or pick one up at the WRL Center, HS 150.     

What topics are covered during the workshops?

Workshops cover a wide range of topics, including thesis statements, paraphrasing and summarizing, the writing process, and citation styles. You can find the schedule of workshops here.

 

Does the WRL Center provide class orientations?

Yes. 10-minute class orientations are available in HS 150 or in your classroom. Please contact Elysse Meredith at 240-567-2146, elysse.meredith@montgomerycollege.edu, or in her office, HS 150 in the WRL Center, to schedule.

Can an Instructional Associate come to my class to present workshops? 

Yes. We can present on topics ranging from citation styles to the writing process. Workshops last 20 minutes to an hour and can take place either in your classroom or at the WRL Center. Faculty must be present during the Instructional Associate's visit. To arrange a class visit, please contact Elysse Meredith at 240-567-2146, elysse.meredith@montgomerycollege.edu.   

Can I link your website resources to my course site (Blackboard or MyMC)?

Yes. Feel free to link to or upload any of our resources inside your Blackboard or MyMC course site. Please reference the WRL Center as the source of the information.

My classroom does not have computers. Can I reserve a portion of the WRL Center? 

Yes. A faculty member or a substitute must be present during the class period in order to reserve space for a class.  Reservation must be made at least 24 hours ahead. To reserve this space, please contact Yi Sheh or Louise Ng, Instructional Assistants, at 240-567-7856 / 240-567-1846 or yi.sheh@montgomerycollege.edu /  
louise.ng@montgomerycollege.edu

What software is available to my students in the computer room?

Computers are available to currently enrolled students for academic activities. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are on all workstations. Software to support academic coursework is also available.

Software Resources
   
My English Lab  Idiom Connection
E English/Pronunciation Power  English Club Vocabulary 
Bedford Handbook  5 Minute English-ESL Lessons 
Writer's Reference  Guide to Grammar and Writing
  ESL Cafe 
  Keyboarding
  Longman English Dictionary 
  AWL Exercises Homepage 

ELAP Resources

The English Language for Academic Purposes program offers multiple resources for students enrolled in ELAP reading, writing, and  speaking and listening courses. Please visit the Center for a full list of web resources available, or consult the MC  Libraries website. http://libguides.montgomerycollege.edu/aelp 

What software is available in the Language Lab? 

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Language Resources    
Centro Virtual Cervantes    
Colby College Spanish Exercises    
Languages Online    
Study Spanish    
Duolingo    
Mango Languages    
Livemocha    
     
Course Websites    
  AI-Kitaab ARAB 101
  Integrated Chinese CHIN 101
  Horizons   FREN 101~102 
  Interaction FREN 201~202 
  Panorama SPAN 101~102
  Enfoques SPAN 201~202
  VHL Central  SPAN 215 


Will someone be on hand to help me use the software?

Yes. Staff members are trained to answer your questions about using the available software. Faculty are encouraged to   visit the WRL Center Language Lab in HS 150 before sending or taking students there.   

Where are the World Language tutors located?

The World Language tutors are available in the WRL Center Language Lab in HS 150. The World Language tutoring  schedule is here. 

Which languages can my students receive help with?

Tutoring services are determined by the World Languages program on the Germantown Campus. Typically, tutors are  available for Chinese and Spanish. 

Where are the Writing/Reading tutors located?

Writing/Reading tutors are located in the WRL Center in HS 150.

Who are the Writing/Reading tutors?

All of our Writing/Reading tutors are professional staff or faculty and have degrees in English, TESOL, Rhetoric/Composition, or another writing intensive field. 

What kind of help can my students get from the Writing/Reading tutors?

Tutors aim to make your students stronger writers and readers, not proofread for them or find their errors. A typical     session begins with a conversation about what kind of help the student would like to have from the tutor. The tutorial    focuses on higher level concerns and then lower level concerns if time permits. At the end of a session, the tutor will   help the student determine next steps.  

My students can't seem to proofread. Will the Writing/Reading tutors proofread papers and other class work before the students turn them in to me?   

Tutors teach students to revise, edit, and proofread their papers and other class work so they can become more 
independent as writers and readers. For reading students, tutors ask students questions so they can think through and find the answers to questions on their reading. Tutors do not give students the answers.

Can students bring in creative writing or personal statements for an application? 

Yes. The Writing/Reading tutors can work on self-driven writing, including transfer and scholarship essays, resumes and 
cover letters, and other creative and professional writing.

Will I know when my students have visited the Writing/Reading tutors?

Yes, unless the student asks us not to contact you. The Center will (with the student's permission) email a copy of the     tutoring report form to faculty. This report describes what the student and the tutor worked on during the session.     This lets faculty know that the student has taken the initiative to improve as a writer or reader and gives faculty some    sense of how to follow up with the student. 

How can I encourage my students to use the Writing/Reading Tutors? 

  • Add a description of the WRL Center services in your syllabus or course site.
  • Share comments from past students about the effectiveness of the tutoring services.
  • Bring your class to the WRL Center for an orientation session. We can give an overview of our services and answer questions. 
  • Remind students that you receive copies of the tutoring report forms and that you value these as indicators of      initiative and seriousness about the course. 
  • Distribute links regarding our workshop series and tutoring services via email or Blackboard announcements to your students each week or make them part of your course modules. 
  • Pick up a flyer from the WRL Center to post on your office door.  

Who leads the WRL Center workshops?

All of our workshops are led by Instructional Associates, faculty, or staff who have advanced degrees in English, Reading, 
TESOL, or some other writing intensive field.

Can the WRL Center come to my class to present workshops? 

Yes. The workshops are available on a range of writing-related topics and can be tailored for your class. The faculty 
member is required to be present during the presentation. Please fill out the workshop request form or contact Elysse Meredith with special requests. She can be reached at 240-567-2146, elysse.meredith@montgomerycollege.edu

Will I know if my students attend a WRL Center workshop?

Yes, if the students request that their professors be notified, faculty will be emailed a copy of the report. 

How can I encourage my students to attend the WRL Center workshop?

  • Distribute links regarding our workshop series via email or Blackboard announcement to your students each week or make them part of your course curriculum. 
  • Pick up a flyer from the WRL Center to post on your office door. You can find the schedule of workshops here.     
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