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If you struggle to read, you are not alone. Millions of Americans struggle with reading and related learning disorders. But you do have options. Let Allegany College of Maryland's Developmental Reading program help you take the first step to becoming a strong reader and a successful college student.


Our Developmental Reading courses prepare you to succeed in your college coursework. Our specially designed courses build your reading and comprehension skills in a supportive, caring environment.

While the majority of our classes are offered in the traditional classroom setting, you have the option of taking our Critical Reading course in-person or online.

Our Developmental Reading program also sponsors the Academic Reading Center (ARC), a place where you can receive help finding quick ways to identify the most important information to study from any textbook as well as help with reading coursework.

Course Info

As a student taking Developmental Reading courses, you'll improve your academic reading and reading comprehension skills through the following classes:

  • Comprehensive Reading I - Introduces basic skills and is tailored to future college coursework.
  • Reading English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) - Covers reading for foreign-born students, with an emphasis on vocabulary development.
  • Comprehensive Reading II - Develops strategies and critical reading skills for future fields of academic study.
  • Reading/Writing Workshop - Allows students to simultaneously improve reading and writing skills while understanding the relationship between both skill sets. 
  • Critical Reading - Emphasizes upper level critical reading skills and develops strategies needed to succeed in both the classroom and the workplace.
Career Info
Faculty/Staff Info
Dr. June E. Bracken, Professor and Director of Learning Support and Disability Services

(301) 784-5112
Humanities 52

B.A., Gordon College

M.Ed., University of Virginia

Ed.D., West Virginia University

Cynthia A. Crable, Coordinator of Developmental Reading

Humanities 51

B.S., M.Ed., Frostburg State University


Laura N. Fiscus, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Developmental English

(301) 784-5355
Humanities 49

B.A., University of Pittsburgh

M.Ed., Frostburg State University