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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 

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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