English, Speech & Foreign Language

English faculty with students

The English, Speech, and Foreign Language department strives to prepare students for success in academic transfer courses in three major areas of study.  Our faculty members, many with doctoral degrees, bring a variety of perspectives to the classroom, as well as a depth of teaching experience to benefit our students.


Of the six academic areas in the Department of English, Speech, Foreign Languages, English is the largest with fifteen full-time faculty members and numerous part-time instructors. Not surprising, since nearly every program at NCTC requires students to take some English courses. In addition to the traditional classroom instruction, several of our courses have been made available via distance education and broadcast to certain area high schools so students can benefit from Dual Credit courses - college courses that high schools give students credit for completing. Several online courses are also available and more are under development.


Speech courses offered at NCTC at the present time cover the most pertinent forms of communication begining with studies in the theories and practice of communication in interpersonal, small group, and public speech. Public Speaking focuses on the process of oral communication and its relation to communication with emphasis on extemporaneous speaking in both individual and group formats.

Interpersonal Communication introduces communication concepts and provides speech interaction in one-to-one and small group situations. Provides experiential settings for a variety of environments, for the reduction of communication barriers, for conflict resolution, and for leadership and decision-making. Emphasizes interpersonal perception and listening skills related to self-concept.

Business and Professional Speech studies the theory and practice of speech communication in business and professional situations.  Emphasis is placed on interpersonal communication, technique, leadership strategy, small group communication, conflict management, and the skills necessary to conduct successful interviews, build teams, problem solve, and give formal presentations.

Foreign Language

NCTC offers a sequence of fundamental courses in Spanish, French, and Italian with laboratories as well as a second-year sequence of intermediate courses. These courses satisfy the two-year foreign language requirement of four-year baccalaureate curricula. The function of the instruction is to provide courses that will transfer to four-year universities as part of the college's academic transfer program or that will meet any other curricular needs in foreign language study. These courses also provide personal enrichment in their giving students the ability to use the written and spoken Spanish, French, or Italian language along with cultural insights.

Courses in English, Speech & Foreign Language

Creative Writing Contest

North Central Texas College recognizes nearly fifty winners in several divisions and categories at the annual Creative Writing Contests every year. These contests feature poetry, short stories, and essays for middle school, high school, and college students. In addition, adult categories are available to non-professional writers. Submissions may be sent to the English Department by late February.  Winning entries receive cash prizes and are published in The April Perennial, the NCTC literary magazine. Pick up a free copy of the magazine at any NCTC library. The annual awards ceremony held in April at the First State Bank Center for Performing Arts features a professional writer every year!

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Contact Us

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Dr. Rochelle Gregory
Division Chair
(940) 498-6297