English 302

The Teaching of Composition and Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2011 Schweik, Susan
Schweik, Susan
Thurs. 9-11 301 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Showalter, E.: Teaching Literature; Villanueva: Cross-Talk in Comp Theory: A reader; Davis, B. D.: Tools for Teaching (available online as part of netLibrary, accessible only through computers connected to the U. C. Berkeley campus network); a course reader


This course will explore the theory and practice of teaching literature and writing. Designed as a both a critical seminar and a hands-on practicum for new college teachers, the class will cover topics such as course design; leading discussion; teaching close reading; running a section of a lecture course; responding to student papers; teaching writing (argumentation, organization, grammar, style) in the classroom; time management; grading; labor politics and the work of teaching. We’ll use the course as a place to invent, to debrief, and to collectively support development of each teacher’s own effective, distinctive pedagogical approach. You’ll have opportunities to practice teaching skills in experimental “microteaching” sessions, to get advice on everyday teaching problems as they come up, and to observe classes taught by and talk shop with more experienced English department teacher/mentors.

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