· Globalization & Literary Studies
Literature from Colonialism to
the Civil War(taught this course once at the U of Oregon, once at
Introduction to Western Literature (Taught twice.A year-long survey of Greek mythology, Judeo-christian mythology, and major western literary movements up to modernism). Syllabus.
Introduction to Novel Reading (Taught twice.Have assigned some combination from among these titles: The Kitchen Godís Wife by Amy Tan, Hunger by Lan Samantha Chang, Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and Mao II by Don DeLillo.)
Composition (I lost count after about 20 courses.I've experimented with a variety of composition textbooks.In general my approach was formed by my training at the U of Oregon's comp program under John Gage (see his The Shape of Reason) and James Crosswhite (see his The Rhetoric of Reason). I usually assign a library research paper, which students surprisingly enjoy.We also argue some close readings of texts that are in disagreement and dialogue.And I often use student online discussion technology. To see an old example of my composition website, click here.
Oral Training or Conversation(an ESL course that uses student discussion and student presentations of current events, readings, video, etc.)
College English: 1stYear(A year-long course practicing the 4 skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.Topics cover a liberal arts range which I organize around the concentric circles widening out from Self to Society to Nature; or viz., practical psychology, mostly cognitive, and sociology of global connections, and finally the new eco-systems view of natural science.In the end, everything above is connected.)