Department of English
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Focuses on the fundamentals of language study with equal emphasis on the sound, the word, the sentence, the meaning, and the discourse patterns of English as they manifest in daily lives. Educationally relevant topics, such as applications of sciolinguistics to the teaching of English language and literature, varieties of grammar, and linguistic descriptions of styles and registers are an integral part of the course.
Offers prospective secondary English teachers a survey of the literature adolescents choose to read, enjoy, and find relevant to their lives. Includes literature that offers psychological and sociological perspectives on adolescents.
An introduction to English as a Second Language theory and practice. Aims: (1) general understanding of current theory and methods of teaching ESL; (2) ability to select appropriate, and adapt existing, materials for elementary and high school ESL students. Recommended for all English teachers who expect to have ESL students in their classes.
Examines major works in English of a particular topic in global literature and/or film by focusing on the transnational contexts of history and culture surrounding the production and/or reception of literature and film. Topic of global literature and/or film to be announced in advance. Prerequisite: ENGL 202
Allows students to pursue subjects such as textual criticism, prosody, and computers and literature not covered in existing courses.
Offers students a broad range of theories that help to shape and inform pedagogy—and ultimately their classroom practice in the secondary English language arts. Topics can include an overview and introduction to critical theory, critical race theory, sociocultural theory, transactional theory, cultural theory, transformative learning theory, queer theory, social justice theory (including students with special needs), spatiality/hybridity theory, identity theory, constructivism, second language theory, feminism, and new literacy studies; and as new, cutting edge theories evolve, they may also be included. Students will explore myriad ways of turning theory into practice through course readings, activities, student teaching, discussions, and small- and large-group cooperative learning. This course is required for M.A./TE students and could be a master’s elective with advisor consent for students seeking coursework in critical pedagogy.
Introduces key concepts in teaching English as a second or foreign language. Offers a broad introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to become a professional teacher of ESL or EFL and prepares students for the remainder of the M.A./TESOL program. Students are expected to improve their language ability as well as their research and presentation skills in this course. Required for M.A./TESOL students in their first semester.
Examines theory and research in literacy, reading and responding to literature and other forms of writing, and the teaching of young adult and other relevant works of literature. Includes application of theory and research to classroom practices.
A study of current theories of composition and ways those theories might be enacted in the composition classroom for students who will teach on the postsecondary level. Time in the course will be spent on both discussion of readings of theoretical texts and development of teaching activities based upon those theories. The course will include an historical overview of the discipline, focusing on process and post process theories for teaching composition that have emerged since the publication of Peter Elbow's seminal Writing without Teachers (1973). Prerequisite: None
Explores a single topic in depth. Topics, announced in advance, include such areas as ESL Testing, Teaching Listening Comprehension for ESL Students, Teaching English for Specific Purposes, and Teaching Writing for ESL Students.
Surveys current theory and practice in teaching English to non-native speakers and includes traditional and innovative approaches, design, and procedures for teaching all language skills at various educational levels.
This course surveys current theory and practice in teaching English to non-native speakers. It includes traditional and innovative approaches for integrating instructional technology and multimedia, designing of classroom materials for specific purposes, and preparing procedures for teaching all language skills at various educational levels. This is meant to heighten awareness of unequal social hierarchies that may be embedded in approaches, materials and media used in the classroom. Prerequisite: None
Explores the basic concepts and methods of conducting and reading research. This course will use a textbook to introduce these basic concepts and will practice their usage within the framework of the class. This course is designed to prepare students for the process of writing an MA Thesis and read and conduct research. Within the framework of this course, each student will define a research question of personal interest, collect suitable research articles, write and present a literature review and finally write and present a provisional MA Thesis proposal to the MATESOL faculty. Prerequisite: None
Practical training in special methods and materials of research in English.
Develops the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills needed for success by the international student in the graduate study of literature in the American university. Examines the principles of literary analysis, research, and documentation in the United States and orients the student to the American library system and the American college classroom.
Focuses on theoretical and applied approaches to literary criticism. Introduces such approaches as they have been historically developed and are currently practiced and considers how familiarity with a variety of critical methods enhances the appreciation and teaching of literature.
Courses relating to specialized interests in literature, rhetoric, or linguistics which fulfill special needs or interests. May become permanent course offerings.
Intended to provide a balance between observation and practical teaching experience. Students plan, teach, and reflect on lessons. Emphasis is placed on application of theory and pedagogical knowledge gained from course work, as well as on developing skills to reflect on teaching and its consequences for learners. Class size is limited to fifteen students. Although not a prerequisite, this course can be used as a way to prepare for a teaching internship.
Examines the theoretical relationship between thought and writing, with specific attention to ways this relationship underlies learning in all disciplines. The course, which functions as part of the Southcentral Pennsylvania Writing Project, involves reading, writing, and demonstration of pedagogical methods.
The study of phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of present-day American English, using various approaches to the analysis of grammar and usage.
Explores recent developments in teaching of language, composition, and literature.
Surveys instruments to observe classroom teaching behavior and provides practice in the use of observation instruments. Surveys research on classroom teaching and design. Emphasizes awareness of teaching behaviors and their consequences in English classrooms for native and non-native speakers of English.
Consists of one semester of supervised teaching, tutorial activities, and materials preparation for non-native English-speaking students. The purpose of the practicum is to demonstrate the candidate’s preparation for teaching English as a second or foreign language.
Practical experience in the student’s area of interest, working under professional supervision on the job. Special permission only, dependent upon needs of student’s program as well as personal and academic qualifications.
Study in depth of topics not available through regular course work. Student works with supervising professor on carefully planned, student-initiated project. Prior approval necessary.
Examines areas where language, thought, and cognitive process interact. Studies the essential nature of meaning and mental concepts, the core characteristics of language, and the complex relations between the two domains.
Introduces the study of language as a social phenomenon, including such topics as language varieties, stereotypes, and social identity; language planning and language policy; standard and nonstandard usage; censorship; discourse analysis; language attitudes; language, culture, and thought; communicative competence; small group communication; and classroom interactions.
Considers trends, issues, and research in second language teaching and assessment; also considers ways teachers can explore teaching beliefs and practices.
Introduces current research in second language acquisition, especially of English. Focuses on prominent research trends in the study of the language learner, the process of acquisition, and the interaction of learner, language, and context.
Studies theory, research, and pedagogy associated with the development of literacy in two languages, either simultaneously or successively. Focuses on how individuals and groups become literate in English as an additional or second language. Includes explorations of political, cultural, social, and contextual, as well as cognitive, textual, and educational, issues that arise in acquiring and using a second literacy. Open to M.A./TESOL and Ph.D. students in Composition and TESOL.
Studies characteristics of the writing process and of the basic writer, methods for the evaluation of writing, and approaches to the teaching of writing.
Examines four key topics: foundations of linguistic thought, applications of linguistics to the teaching of English, classroom discourse patterns, and language pedagogy.
Investigates cultural behaviors, assumptions, values, and conflicts surrounding communication across cultures in the context of teaching English as a second or foreign language at all levels.
Examines the psycholinguistic and ethnographic research on the fluent reading process of native and non-native college readers, as it pertains to the teaching of reading and writing for academic purposes.
This course addresses understandings of current theories on identity as they relate to multilingual writers and develops the ways these theories can be used to analyze processes of identity construction in relation to writers and writing. It explores theories and definitions of identity as fluid, dynamic, and co-constructed in interactions, including writing. It addresses how issues related to notions of power and ownership of language are part of the larger social constructions of multilingual writers identities and considers how these identities are often indexed in both research about multilingual writing and in multilingual writing itself. Since identity will be addressed as a socially mediated construction, theories to examine these constructions are also addressed. Prerequisites: None
Prepares advanced MA TESOL students (Thesis) with the knowledge required to conceptualize, conduct and analyze a research project in the field of applied linguistics. The aim of this course is to learn about advanced concepts in research methodology and provide the thesis students with the research background that will allow them to successfully complete an extended research project. Prerequisites: ENGL 649: Introduction to Research in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, ENGL 625: Introduction to TESOL, and ENGL 644: ESOL Teaching Methodology, Materials, and Instructional Technology
There are many ways in which students can prepare themselves to be competitive and successful when they enter the English literature professions. Focusing on the practical aspects of literature as a profession, this course will cover a variety of topics including the job market, publishing, defining a field of study, writing in relevant genres, and teaching. Although appropriate for any student in the master’s or doctoral program, this course is aimed at those students seeking employment at the university level and/or those who are looking to develop their academic research and writing skills. The purpose of this course is to provide a space in which students can engage in intensive work on the project or projects of their choice while situating that work within broader scholarly and professional communities. Students will become fully immersed in the profession by studying the resources relevant to their chosen fields and careers. This course is offered as an elective for M.A. and Ph.D. students, and it will also fill the Research Skills requirement.
An interdisciplinary approach to understanding issues around World Englishes (WE) scholarship where teachers, researchers, teacher educators, and administrators from composition, developmental writing, writing centers, ESL/EFL K-16 and teacher educations contexts come together to explore and critique how English(es) is/are positioned around the globe, and how that impacts learning and teaching.
This course introduces students to the pedagogical issues at the intersections of literary studies, composition, and emerging digital technologies. Addressing history, theory, and teaching practice. Digital Composition, Literature, and Pedagogy: 1. explores the emerging conventions of writing for digital environments, giving students practice in conceiving, composing, and producing networked texts; 2. extends traditional skills of literary interpretation to emergent, digital genres, including both remediated/archival, print texts and contemporary, "born digital" e-literature; 3. familiarizes students with changes in the field, exploring exemplary projects of digital scholarship and how they can be integrated into teaching. Prerquisits: None
Examines current research on teaching college literature and involves ongoing observation and practice of teaching strategies. Special attention is given to the impact of critical theory and such issues as canon, race, class, and gender in specific classroom settings.
Studies major figures, movements, or topics in American literature from the Colonial Period through 1870. The content of the course will be determined by the individual instructor and announced in advance.
Studies major topics, authors, and movements in American literature from 1870 to the present. Specific course content is chosen by the instructor and announced in advance.
Studies major figures, movements, or topics within the period. The specific content of the course is determined by the instructor and announced in advance.
Studies major figures, movements, and topics in British literature within the period 1660 to the present. Content of the course will be determined by the instructor and announced in advance.
Examines one literary genre (such as novel, drama, or film), its development, and its current practice and theories. The course also surveys the major recent critical approaches to the genre.
Introduces the theory and methods of comparative literary analysis. Topics include the relationships between literatures of different countries, between literary genres, and between literature and other related fields. The specific course content is chosen by the instructor and announced in advance.
This course examines the history, theory, and every day practices that surround writing centers and writing programs, including advances in writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines. Students will read key books and articles and develop a research project suitable for publication and presentation. Prerequisite: No prerequisites
Investigates the postmodern reaction to the modern literary tradition and the experimentation it engendered. Focuses on how postmodern critics and writers have responded to modernist manifestations of character, narrative, and theme and explores the critical, pedagogical, and philosophical implications and assumptions of postmodern literature, assessing its role in contemporary culture and thought.
Reexamines nineteenth-century works by women in light of feminist perspectives. Studies twentieth-century works within and outside feminine and feminist traditions. Also considers works by black, Chicano, Native American, and Asian-American women.
Examines the literature of one or more American or British minorities (for example, Native Americans, immigrants, blacks, Chicanos). The focus and subject matter of the course will be chosen by the faculty member and announced in advance.
Selected readings and/or research in a specialized area of composition, criticism, and/or critical theory, literature, TESOL, linguistics, creative writing, cultural studies, literary translation, or literacy not normally covered by the curriculum in either track of the Ph.D. in English. In consultation with a designated faculty member in the semester prior to registration, a student submits a complete syllabus for study and assessment in one of the areas listed above. The syllabus must be approved first by the faculty member and then by the director of the appropriate graduate program. Course is delivered to individuals or small groups, either in residence or electronically, as determined by the instructor/program. May be repeated once with new content. Prerequisite: Permission of relevant program director(s) and instructor.
An in-depth investigation of topic or area related to the student’s doctoral program but not available through regular course work. Independent study is initiated by the student and supervised by a faculty member in the area of study. Prior approval by the director of the student’s doctoral program is required.
Examines various types of research methods used in the fields of Composition and TESOL and their implications for studying the transmission of literacy.
Presents an overview of the interrelationship between literacy and technology. Demonstrates approaches to teaching English using computer technology.
Involves both reading about and training in qualitative research methods such as participant observation, interviewing, coding, and analysis. Also covers dissemination of research findings. Prerequisite: ENGL 800.
Studies how rhetorical traditions influence the teaching of composition. Examines how cultural factors such as history, politics, ideology, gender, race, and ethnicity affect the composing process. Encourages students to think of composition as an open, multicultural event of imagination and social innovation.
Reviews the major theories of composition, especially those of the modern and postmodern eras. Examines how cultural factors such as education, history, politics, ideology, gender, race, and ethnicity affect the theorizing about composition. Encourages students to construct their own theories of composition by entering into a collaborative cultural and intellectual process.
Examines the status of current and past theories of literacy, including the nature of literacy itself; the ways literacy is shared and used by individuals, families, and cultures; and the political, social, and personal ramifications of literacy.
Explores a single topic in depth in the fields of Composition and TESOL. Topics are announced in advance and have recently included narrative inquiry, writing centers, computers in composition, alternative research methods, discourse analysis, and assessment. May be taken more than once.
Explores a single topic in depth. Topics are announced in advance and have include language history and change, pragmatics, oral and written discourse, stylistics, discourse analysis, and cross-linguistic patterns in language structure and use.
Studies the founding texts of the Western tradition in ancient Greece beginning with Plato, Aristotle, and the sophists and places them in the historical context of significant cultural turns in literary, rhetorical, and cultural theory leading up to the present. As preparation for ENGL 956, this course examines key moments in the history of Western metaphysics in relation to contemporary concerns for theory, pedagogy, multiculturalism, and the changes in higher education, especially as they affect English studies.
Focuses on contemporary literary and cultural theory, especially as it affects the teaching, scholarship, and curricular design of English studies, which has undergone significant changes in recent decades. Examines contemporary theoretical approaches such as New Criticism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, reader response, Marxism, New Historicism, cultural studies, feminism, postcolonialism, gay and lesbian theory, and others, with a special emphasis on practice: how theory affects the classroom, the curriculum, and the writing of professional presentations and publications.
Advanced, independent work in a seminar format. Emphasizes the production of a research paper of publishable quality. Specific content for the course—a major author or specific theme in American literature—will be chosen by the instructor.
Draws on knowledge and critical skills from core courses and traditional and special literature courses for advanced, independent work. Focus is on a single major author or well-defined theme in British literature chosen by the instructor. Each student conducts practice teaching and produces a research essay suitable for submission for publication or presentation at a conference.
Explores and applies literary theory, criticism, and the theories and methods of comparative literature to traditional and special literatures. Students may expect to investigate from various critical perspectives to conflicting social and literary values. The specific course content is chosen by the instructor and announced in advance.
NOTE: Special Topics in Language and Literature and courses with titles beginning “Topics in” (761-766 and 771-773), as well as seminars, may be scheduled more than once, because subject matter will change with each offering of the course. More complete course descriptions are available from the department.
*Indicates dual-listed class
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