ENGL 789 (01) - Special Topics in English Teaching

Special Topic/English Teaching

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2020 - Full Term (01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 56549
Advanced theories and practices course on English Teaching. Topics such as A) Teaching Young Adult Literature, C) Teaching English in Diverse Contexts, D) Teaching Drama, N) Teaching Nonfiction, R) English Teachers as Researchers, and T) Alternate Literacies and Teaching Technologies. Barring duplication of subject, course may be repeated for credit. For details see course descriptions available in the English department.
Section Comments: Special Topic: Digital
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman, Sophomore
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/21/2020 5/4/2020 W 5:10pm - 8:00pm HS 336
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SP20 Special Topic: Digital Literacies --Teaching English in the 21st Century 

Course Description and Goals —

In recent years, definitions of literacy, language, and literature have grown increasingly complex and contested as a result of new genres and communication mechanisms. Understandings of how we learn and teach English have been formalized and institutionalized over time, but our digital age questions and reframes such knowledge. For example, content knowledge and text memorization have been central to schooling for over 100 years, but critical reading, information curation, and synthesis across media have become increasingly important skills in our newly information-rich society. What do these developments mean for the study and teaching of English? In this course, we will examine and theorize “21st century skills,” experiment with different forms of digital communication, and outline implications for learning and teaching English. We will explore such questions as:

  • What does it mean to become literate in the 21st century? Digitally literate? How do researchers and teachers think about technology-mediated literacies and cultures?
  • How are the processes and products of digital media and digital cultures changing what it means to read, write, create, and communicate?
  • What, if anything, is different about learning and participation in digital media and cultures? 
  • How can we integrate these “new literacies” concepts & tools into our English teaching? How can we compose new media texts with students? Should we do so?

In Spring 2020 this course satisfies the Capstone requirement for English Teaching majors.