Teaching English Literature To English As A Sec...
Teachers who graduate from our program are English majors, so they have robust content knowledge in literature study, in writing practices, and in engaging in critical dialogue. Our candidates also have extensive preparation in creative teaching practices meant to invigorate English classroom teaching. Additionally, our teachers graduate with knowledge of and commitment to anti-bias/anti-racist pedagogy to help address inequities in local schools. Graduates of our English Education program have earned accolades and recognition for the depth of their preparation to enter as new-career teachers ready to contribute meaningfully to their students' learning.
Teaching English Literature to English as a Sec...
This course is designed to help prospective teachers develop the knowledge and skills needed to teach literature and other texts at the middle and secondary levels. Emphasis is given to teaching methodologies that encourage effective implementation of reading instruction in middle and secondary English classrooms. Course content is strategically planned to enable students to make informed, context-based decisions about instruction of literature and other texts. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required.
Suzanne Hegarty received her B.S. in Secondary Education with a focus on English Literature. Currently, she teaches as an ELL teacher at the American School of Bangkok in Thailand. In Fall 2016, she will begin teaching mainstream English courses at the same school, including classes in World, American, and British Literature. Suzanne is grateful for her Slippery Rock "English" education: "I honestly cannot say enough wonderful things about my time at Slippery Rock, especially my time with the English department. The courses offered through the English department were the best ones taken at the university, and they helped me prepare for my job as a teacher. With the knowledge I received from the English department, I feel confident in my ability to share this information with high school students, and can only hope I can instill the same love of literature that Slippery Rock instilled in me."
An avid reader and writer, I've had the privilege of teaching English for over a decade and am now an instructional coach. I have degrees in English, Curriculum & Instruction, and Reading as well as a reading specialist certification. In my free time, I enjoy loving on my kids, deconstructing sentences, analyzing literature, making learning fun, working out, and drinking a good cup of coffee.
At Governors State University, the undergraduate major in English with a teacher education concentration prepares you to teach 21st-century literacy on the secondary level with the opportunity to obtain a middle grades endorsement. A strong academic background in English literature and composition and the methods of teaching the English content will prepare you for a meaningful career shaping the lives of the next generation of learners.
The study of literature, language, and literacy is at the very heart of a liberal education. The English major is excellent preparation for any profession or occupation that stresses language usage, such as writing and teaching-related fields. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter a variety of professional and graduate level programs, including law, theology, medicine (with appropriate science and mathematics preparation), library science, communications, media and business.
The English Secondary Education program prepares students to teach English and the Language Arts in grades 7-12. English Secondary Education majors will have a solid knowledge of American and British literary history, as well as linguistics and grammar, rhetoric, and literary theory. They will take English methods courses in the teaching of literature and writing, and will have, in preparation for student teaching, many opportunities to observe and reflect upon current teaching practices in our partner schools. In addition to the standard English Language and Literature degree, students can add additional preparation in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education or Special Education.
The degree provides students with a firm foundation in British, American, and World Literature with coursework in theory, teaching college-level literature, broader surveys, and specialized author, period, and genres courses. Electives are chosen from courses throughout the English department. The capstone project is an opportunity to shape a program to fit career goals. The program prepares students for teaching positions at the post-secondary level, particularly technical and community colleges, and provides a foundation for doctoral work in English and careers in the literary marketplaces. Students work with dedicated faculty who provide numerous opportunities for professional growth.
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Through two on-campus study modules combined with three school placements, you will gain vital classroom skills and experience. You will explore aspects of theory for teaching English language and literature to children and young adults. You'll focus on developing learners' reading, writing, listening and talking skills. We will also teach you how to effectively support numeracy, health and well-being.
English majors with an emphasis in English teaching study literature and writing and learn how to teach these subjects for secondary school students. Principals look for teachers who are willing to organize additional tutoring support, advise clubs, and publish yearbooks, newspapers, or literary magazines. Opportunities offered through the Department of English help majors get a jump start on these interests and skills. The composite degree offers a robust curriculum with opportunity to specialize in literature, writing, or American studies.
Writing majors have two options: 1. creative writing or 2. writing - both of which focus on the personal and cultural significance of language and literature. The department's combined literature and writing major is designed for those interested in teaching English in secondary schools.
Our students gain the foundation to thrive and to be creative, imaginative thinkers and problem-solvers, and to participate effectively in an ever-changing, information-based society. Because these skills are in high demand, our graduates have found careers in teaching, technical/professional writing, editing, publishing, advertising, public relations, and nonprofits, as well as in business, marketing, financial services, and banking. Others have pursued advanced degrees in literature, professional writing, law, medicine, teaching, and business administration. 041b061a72