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Read, read, read. – William Faulkner, author

Reading is an essential part of the higher education experience. Most courses require a significant amount of reading, so you will want to be fully prepared. The Reading department offers five reading courses to prepare you for credit coursework. Our courses are offered at various times and locations to meet your needs. We look forward to working with you!


Reading Your World (RDG-026)

Three equated credit hours: Develop skills, habits and attitudes that will result in more effective reading and studying. Strengthen language and vocabulary skills, using prior learning and experience as a foundation. Identify main ideas in reading selections, find important details and understand relationships between sentences. Explore how skills in reading transfer to problem solving in everyday life.

The Critical Reader (RDG-028)

Three equated credit hours: Explore and reflect on what it means to be a critical reader. Improve analytic skills through discussing how authors develop and support their theses. Analyze, evaluate and synthesize persuasive writing. Expand vocabulary and sharpen ability to use context to imply meaning.

Academic Literacies (RDG-040)

Five equated credit hours: Explore and critically evaluate a variety of academic texts. Identify, discuss and write about abstract ideas from a variety of complex academic texts. Expand and connect readings to other meaningful texts, to the world, and to the lived experiences of the students. Develop an understanding of the writing process in order to produce authentic academic writing, thus preparing students for success in college level reading and writing.

Faculty and Staff

Department Chair

Kerry Taylor, Ed.D., curriculum coordinator

Full-time Faculty

Forrest Caskey, assistant professor
LIBR 117

Office Staff

Susan Rous, program assistant
LIBR 121

Resources for Students

Academic Literacies Lab

If you want to improve reading comprehension, better manage time, learn strategies to improve grades or practice critical thinking skills, the Academic Literacies Lab can help you! AACC has three academic literacy labs: 

  • Arnold, Truxal Library Room 108.
  • AACC at Arundel Mills Room 204.
  • AACC at Glen Burnie Town Center Room 314.

The Academic Literacies Lab offers its services free to all registered students. Walk-in appointments are available at Arundel Mills, but we prefer appointments in Arnold. Call 410-777-2077 for information or an appointment.

The Academic Literacies Lab provides:

  • Assistance for enrolled credit and noncredit AACC students.
  • Support in reading comprehension in a variety of subjects as well as study skills and critical thinking.
  • Individualized skill instruction in topics such as test taking strategies, organizational skills, note taking, outlines and PATs .
  • Academic skill support.

Online Tutoring

For 24-hour, online assistance, check out Smarthinking, the leader in live, on-demand online tutoring that is available to AACC students.

Learn more about online tutoring.


We’re here to help.

School of Liberal Arts,

Kerry Taylor, coordinator


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More Tutoring

The Academic Literacies Lab isn’t the only tutoring available at AACC. Visit the Tutoring page to learn more.