Monday, May 1, 2017

English Education for Fall 2017: Additional Offerings!

by John Staunton

I am writing to alert you to some of our additional offerings in English Education for Fall 2017.  Whether you are a graduate student in the MA English Studies for Teachers or MAT – English Program, an EMWP alum, or getting ready to start in your own classroom and interested in taking your teaching and inquiry to the next level, there is definitely something here for you. 

These are just of a few of the many graduate courses we offer in our various programs each year.   

(These courses will work for degree requirements in both the MA in EST and the MAT-English programs; Cognates Electives in other graduate programs in English, as well as endorsements and graduate credit toward continuing professional development and your license renewal).

ENGL 518 Topics in English Education (Staunton) W 5:30-8:10
ENGL 530 Issues in English Studies for Teachers (Staunton) 
W 5:30-8:10

These two courses are cross-listed and will meet together.  Taught by Professor John Staunton, who specializes in Literature Pedagogy and is Co-Director of the EMWP, the class provides opportunities for students to explore the field of English education and issues of research and pedagogy in the discipline(s) (e.g., interpreting literature; reading/viewing multimodal texts; incorporating twenty-first century technologies; writing; assessing student performance; constructing theoretical frameworks and examining consequences for student learning, etc.) and to discover potential research topics and interests, or link class experiences to existing ones, and build connections between research and the student’s pedagogy.
                Contact Professor Staunton—that’s me!—for more information (

ENGL 508 Writing for Secondary Teachers (Tucker) 
T 5:30-8:10

A writing course for students teaching or preparing to teach in various disciplines in secondary schools. Students develop their skills as writers and learn how to teach writing in all content areas. Special focus on recent composition research, theory, and practices, and on strategies, materials and evaluation techniques.  Taught by Professor Bill Tucker, the illustrious Director of the Eastern Michigan Writing Project, this course is the perfect option for any teacher and teacher-to-be who wants to make writing central to their teaching,  no matter the subject area.
                For more information, contact Professor Tucker (

LITR 585 Literature for Teachers—NEW for FALL:  

Literature for Teachers combines study of particular literary content with discussion of methods for teaching. Subject matter varies by semester, focused either on a specific genre, literary period, or set of issues in teaching literature. Assignments and discussions of content will emphasize pedagogical approaches to particular literary studies and issues.
This Fall we are fortunate to have TWO sections of LITR 585 to offer, both will allow for immersive inquiry into literary pedagogy from two content areas of central importance to the secondary teacher:  Shakespeare and Multicultural Children’s Literature.

LITR 585/LITR 541—Studies in Shakespeare (Dionne) 
T 6:30-9:10

Taught by our intentionally recognized and global-traveled Shakespeare expert, Professor Craig Dionne, ‘Studies in Shakespeare” offers students opportunities for inquiry into Shakespeare, Culture, and Pedagogy through an intensive reading of representative plays of Shakespeare, and of relevant critical, historical and textual scholarship.
                For more information, please contact Professor Dionne (

LITR 585/CHL 586 Multicultural Children’s Literature (Caponegro) 
W 5:00-7:40

Awarding-winning educator, Professor Ramona Caponegro’s “Multicultural Children’s Literature” course allows students to pursue advanced study of the literature for children and young adults by and about underrepresented groups in America, including history of multicultural writing for the young; major issues and controversies of multiculturalism; historical and cultural background of each group; and critical apparatus for the selection, interpretation, and evaluation of such literature.  If you are interested in adolescent and young adult readers and what they read, this is the course for you!
                Contact Professor Caponegro ( for more information.

WRTG 580  Writing, Teaching, and Public Policy  (Fleischer) 
R 5:30-8:10

Want to change the public discourse about teachers and writing?  Or want to find out how decisions about the profession get made?  This graduate seminar is for you.  Taught by Professor Cathy Fleischer, NCTE Imprint Editor for the Principles in Practice Series and tireless advocate for literacy learners and literacy teachers, this course focused on how public policy impacts writing instruction at the secondary and college level.  With an emphasis on genres and strategies teachers and citizens can use to write and speak publicly in order to add their voices to the conversation, you will leave this class with the tools and resources to make a change.
                Contact Professor Fleischer ( for more information.

Below are additional cognate courses of interest to teachers of Language, Literature, and Writing that can be used as restricted electives in the MA in English Studies for Teachers Program and/or used for the Teaching of Writing Certificate Program.  

WRTG 503 Rhetorical Theory and Teaching of Writing (Miller) 
W 6:30-9:10

Taught by our venerable Dr. Bernie Miller, this thematic course will have students read, study and analyze representative selections from classical, medieval, renaissance, and modern theorists. Emphasis on applying rhetorical theories to writing and language instruction.   This is the ideal course for the advanced secondary or two-year college instructor looking to advance understanding in rhetorical theory from within the practice of writing instruction. 
                For more information, contact Professor Bernie Miller (

LING 532 Sociolinguistics (Acton) 
W 6:00-8:40

Ever wonder how the way we use language affects the worlds we inhabit and our social spheres?  Professor Eric Acton’s “Sociolinguistics” class offers an analysis of the diversity in language caused by social factors, and the correlative influence of these linguistic differences upon society and social status. 
                Contact Professor Acton ( for more information.

LING 533 Psycholinguistics (Seely) M 6:00-8:40

Language:  It’s all in your mind.  Or is it? And what does that mean?  Taught by award-winning graduate educator, Professor Daniel Seely, this course is an introduction to psycholinguistics, the mental representation of a grammar, perception of language units, aphasia and other language abnormalities, first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, language and thought.  (Not open to students in speech-language pathology program). 
                For more information, contact Professor Seely (

For more information, contact John Staunton, 

(Make sure to check our English Department Graduate Studies website over the summer for updates on these and additional courses in our English Department Programs.

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