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English 4325

Sections 01 and 02, Summer II

Instructor: Dr. Danika Brown
Email – danika@utpa.edu
Phone – 381-3447 (office); 381-3421 (department/message)
Instructor’s Office: CAS 263
Office Hours:
M/T/W: 12:35-2:00pm
And by appointment.
Online Office: www.tappedin.org danikab’s office (by appt and during regular office hrs.)
Class Meets: Monday –Friday
01) 9:10-10-55am
02) 11:05am-12:35pm
COAS 248


Catalog Description

English 4325 is a study of advanced composition techniques, including theories and methods of teaching composition skills.

Course Overview

The focus of this particular course is the study of the teaching of composition and literacy. The goal of the course is for you to be more aware of the history, context, and theories that have informed the formalization of teaching in this field. Some important goals of this course are for you to come to some working definitions of key concepts, including rhetoric and pedagogy, to study a specific pedagogical practice in depth, and to articulate your own pedagogical position.

We will approach some of the content for the course in groups. It is a writing-intensive course, so be prepared to do a good bit of reading and writing throughout the semester. You will be leading a discussion of an assigned reading and writing summaries of some of the readings. In class, we will have writing workshops with your groups.

As a class, we will be designing instructional materials for tutoring in a GED preparation course. These materials will be used by future students of this course in actually tutoring people.

Finally, you will also be expected to participate in online course meetings, give a brief online presentation, and to participate in an online professional development activity. I will expect you to become comfortable with utilizing an online environment to support teaching and professional development and to reflect on the impact of new technologies on the teaching of writing.


General Course Policies



I do not require you to purchase a textbook for this course. However, there are plenty of readings. Most of them will be provided to you online (in Tapped In and here); some of them, you will be required to track down through the library catalog (an important skill to practice!).


I will keep the course calendar updated pretty much on a daily basis. This will probably be the place you want to bookmark and visit daily for announcements, links to readings, assignment/activity reminders.


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