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Communication Department – Writing, Reading, Literature

Lisa Owens

Department Chair
 

Students taking English courses are prepared to successfully complete college-level English courses for transfer or to receive a degree in General Studies.     

Multiple-disciplines     

     

The English Department is comprised of multiple-discipline courses: English 098, 100, 101, and 102 composition sequences, Creative Writing (English 241), Literature, and Reading 099 / Reading125. These courses promote increased literacy and fluency in the various forms of English language communication and reading comprehension and development.  They advance the development and expression of critical, rational thought by the analysis of texts derived from diverse origins; by the creation of original compositions; and, by examining language’s manifold styles, structures, and conventions.    

English

     

Students Learning Outcomes include:     

  • Read, evaluate, and select source materials for the creation of well-developed, coherent writing;     
  • Employ sophisticated logic and reasoning;      
  • Utilize college-level Standard American English grammar, vocabulary, and conventions;     
  • Identify main points, supporting evidence, and organizational patterns while engaging critically with written texts; and     
  • Construct well-organized written documents appropriate to college-level caliber.     

Reading defined     

Reading is more than phonics, decoding written words into sound, word identification, and vocabulary development. Reading is a complex transactional process that requires thought and individual construction of meaning from the text.  Weaver (2002) stated, “Learning to read means learning to bring meaning to a text in order to get meaning from, or understand, a text” (p.14).

The Reading Department at Malcolm X College is committed to providing comprehensive reading instruction aimed at advancing student reading skills necessary for academic, professional and personal success.  Students are provided a variety of reading experiences, including cross disciplinary, multi-genre and multi-modal textual experience.  Through the course of reading study, students enhance:  

  • semantic awareness     
  • comprehension     
  • fluency, accuracy     
  • access to disciplinary discourse     
  • rhetorical thought and expression     
  • written expression     
  • new literacy skills (technology)     

New initiatives

The Reading Department is focused on providing in-class and out-of-class literacy experiences.  We are currently working on two literacy initiatives: The Literacy Circle (an inviting book discussion forum) and Reading Clinic committed to raising individualized literacy skills.. 

Administrative Assistant: Tonya Gilmer
  

     
 

Programs

 

Faculty & Staff

Name  

Phone  

E-mail

Office  

English & Literature

Lani Montreal   

(312) 850- 7317     

mmontreal@ccc.edu

2415B  

Carleta Alston     

(312) 850-7313      

calston@ccc.edu

2401‐047     

Lisa Owens      

(312) 850-7327     

lowens10@ccc.edu

2401‐046   

Morgan Halstead      

(312) 850-7318     

mhalstead@ccc.edu

2401‐051  

Crystal Thomas-Rudds     

(312) 850-7304    

cthomas222@ccc.edu

2401‐049    

Gregory Nault   

(312) 850-7296 gnault@ccc.edu

2401‐050     

Aletha Osborn   

(312) 850-7327 aosborn2@ccc.edu

2401‐053    

     

     

 

     

English & Reading    

     

 

     

Andrew Ball    

(312) 850-7296     

aball@ccc.edu

2401‐052     

     

     

 

     

Reading    

     

 

     

Sakeena Khan     

(312) 850-7318     

Skhan126@ccc.edu

2401‐044    

Matthew Dela Croix        

(312) 850-7315 mdelacroix@ccc.edu

    

     

     

   
Staff      
Tonya Gilmer - CCAII (312) 850-7306 tgilmer@ccc.edu 2401‐043

Adjunct Instructors

Name  

Email  

Discipline  

Adams, Alexandra  

aadams89@ccc.edu  

English  

Banks, Leah  

lbanks32@ccc.edu   

English  

Barry, Maureen  

 mberry@ccc.edu   

Reading  

Beards, Tarshel  

 tbeards@ccc.edu   

English  

Berry, Raymond  

rberry25@ccc.edu  

English  

Bowers, Tony  

tbowers11@ccc.edu  

English  

Brown, Eric  

ebrown182@ccc.edu  

Reading  

Boyle, Colleen  

cboyle4@ccc.edu  

English, Literature  

Chamberlain, Marlene  

mchamberlain2@ccc.edu  

English, Literature  

Chapman, Timothy  

tchapman9@ccc.edu   

English, Literature  

Corley, Brenda  

bcorley2@ccc.edu  

English  

Dereef, Patricia  

pdereef@ccc.edu   

Reading  

Dodt, Adrienne  

adodt@ccc.edu  

English  

Fields, Ted  

tfields@ccc.edu   

Reading  

Henderson, Janet  

jhenderson@ccc.edu  

English, Reading  

Holston, Carla  

cholston@ccc.edu  

Reading  

Johnson, Francine  

fjohnson80@ccc.edu  

Reading  

Isabelle-Lay, Camille  

sisabell-lay@ccc.edu   

English, Literature  

McGhee, Ramycia  

rcooper18@ccc.edu  

English  

McShane, Heather  

 hmcshane@ccc.edu   

English, Literature  

O’Connor, Angela

 aoconnor5@ccc.edu

English, Literature  

Palazzolo, Maria  

mpalazzolo2@ccc.edu  

English  

Ragsdell, Loretta  

lragsdell@ccc.edu  

English  

Rush, Samuel  

srush@ccc.edu   

English  

Sharkey, Timothy  

tsharkey3@ccc.edu  

English  

Slotnick, Rachel  

rslotnick@ccc.edu   

English  

Smith, Eleshia  

esmith42@ccc.edu  

Reading  

Suglia, Joseph  

jsuglia@ccc.edu  

English  

Watson, Adrienne  

awatson54@ccc.edu  

English, Literature  

Wood, Shannon  

swood24@ccc.edu  

English, Literature  

Young, Chrishawn  

cyoung56@ccc.edu  

English  

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Phone: 
(312) 850-7315
Fax: 
312) 850-7338
1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Room 2401
Chicago, IL 60612
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Hours

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday

Office hours are subject to change during registration week.

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