English 375

The Teaching of Composition and Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2015 Snyder, Katherine
Xin, Wendy Veronica
Thursdays 10:30-12:30 305 Wheeler

Book List

Recommended: Davis, B.: Tools for Teaching (e-text available through UCB library website); Rosenwasser, D. and Stephen, J.: Writing Analytically (Cengage Learning, 7th ed., 2012)

Other Readings and Media

All required readings will be posted on bCourses and/or available in a Course Reader.


Co-taught by a faculty member and a graduate student instructor (the department's R&C Assistant Coordinator), this course introduces new English GSIs to the practice and theory of teaching literature and writing at UC Berkeley in sections linked to English 45 and select upper-division courses, as well as R1A and R1B, and beyond. At once a seminar and a hands-on practicum, the class will cover topics such as strategies for leading discussion, teaching critical reading skills and the elements of composition, responding to and evaluating student writing, developing paper topics and other exercises, and approaching the other responsibilities that make up the work of teaching here and elsewhere. The course will offer a space for mutual support, individual experimentation, and the discovery of each member’s pedagogical style. We hope to pair each class participant with an experienced GSI teaching in R1A or R1B, so that new teachers can observe different kinds of teaching situations and classes besides their own. There will also be opportunities to be observed teaching and to receive feedback during the term.

This course satisfies the Pedagogy Requirement.

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