Diversity Minor Blog

November 15, 2018

Winter and Spring 2019 English Department courses for future teachers

English 471 (winter) and Community Literacy Program (spring) are the English Department’s service-learning courses for students interested in careers in education or literacy work.   Here’s a bit more information about Community Literacy Program https://english.washington.edu/community-literacy-program.  Diversity and ELS minors have been frequent and valued participants in these programs in the past.

The English Department offers courses each quarter of interest to students considering careers in teaching and related fields.  English 471: The Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing, will be offered next in Winter 2019, and the Community Literacy Program (English 298/498/491) will be offered in Spring 2019.   These courses fulfill a range of UW requirements, as well as requirements for the ELS Minor and for application to Masters in Teaching/Teacher Education programs.  These courses all offer students the opportunity to put on-campus learning into practice through service-learning internships in our partner “high needs” public school

Winter 2019: English 471: The Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing (TuTh 1:30-3:20) VLPA; W option). In Winter 2019, English 471 will be taught by Mandy Macklin. English 471 reviews the research in composition studies, and the core debates and politics that have shaped the practice, teaching, and study of writing.  The course will also examine the assumptions that guide varied approaches, and consideration of whose interests they serve, so that all members of the class can become more self-reflective readers, writers, and teachers.   Coursework will include keeping a reading journal, conducting a brief teaching ethnography, preparing a bibliography and curriculum design presentation, and creating a teaching portfolio.

English 471 will have an optional service-learning internship component through which students work in a local K-12 classroom(three to four hours each week) as tutors, mentors, and writing coaches. Those who opt to do service learning will also have the option to register for additional credit hours of English 491 if they choose. For those who participate, the service learning in this course will fulfill 30-40 of the observation hours required for application to the Masters in Teaching/Teacher Education programs.  Add codes will be available for English 491 during the first week of classes.  For more information about service-learning in English 471 contact the English Department’s service-learning coordinator, Prof. Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill, esoneill@uw.edu.

Spring 2019: Community Literacy Program (MW 10:30-12:20; C or W; capstone for English majors). In Spring 2019, the Community Literacy Program will be taught by CLP director Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill. Community Literacy Program links a 5 credit on-campus seminar (English 298 or 498) with service-learning internships in our “high needs” partner public school programs (English 491).  Assignments include a service-learning journal, short writing about course texts and themes, a collaborative presentation about students’ shared work in a partner school, and an individually designed research project, for which research instruction is provided. The instructor meets with students to discuss drafts and revisions of their major projects.  Central course goals include testing theory in practice, engaging in effective, reflective work with public school students and teachers, and learning more about  both our own writing and learning processes, and the impact of CLP on our academic, career, civic and personal goals.

Community Literacy Program provides a capstone opportunity for English Majors, and an opportunity for students from other majors and at all stages of their UW careers to complete “C” and “W”  requirements. CLP is also a great way for students considering teaching careers to get crucial school-based experience in “high needs” schools, and the hours completed may be used toward the field work requirement in the Education, Learning and Society minor, as well as observation hours required for application to  the UW Masters in Teaching Program.   There are no prerequisites.   Add codes (all periods) will be available from the instructor beginning in February: esoneill@uw.edu.

Feel free to be in touch with questions related to these courses, or to the English Department’s public school service-learning partnerships.