Shawna Shapiro

Assistant Professor of Writing & Linguistics

 On leave til January 2016
 Carr Hall 201

You can find out more about me at my webpage: which has a link to my current curriculum vitae and materials from my courses, workshops, and conference presentations.




Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
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FYSE 1354 - The American Dream      

The American Dream: Fact or Fantasy?
This seminar is designed for non-native speakers of English, and aims to answer the question, “What is the American Dream?” We will consider the ways that the American Dream has been conceptualized by historians, politicians, journalists, activists, and artists. We will read works by authors such as Alexis de Tocqueville, James Baldwin, Betty Friedan, Howard Zinn, Maya Angelou, Julia Alvarez, and Jennifer Hochschild. Film screenings include How the West Was Won (1962) and Crash (2004). Students will develop a range of skills for academic speaking, reading, and research, and will write multiple drafts of short and long papers. 3 hrs. sem. CW NOR SOC

Fall 2011

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FYSE 1405 - Language and Social Justice      

Language and Social Justice
In this seminar we will explore questions: What is the relationship between language and power? How does linguistic prejudice contribute to social inequality? Is language a human right, and if so, what are the implications? We will engage with scholarly, journalistic, and artistic works, including writings by Julia Alvarez, James Baldwin, Deborah Cameron, Lisa Delpit, William Labov, Rosina Lippi-Green, Thomas Ricento, Richard Rodriguez, Amy Tan, and many others. Students will develop a range of reading, writing, and oral presentation skills, and will receive frequent feedback on their work throughout the semester. 3 hrs. sem. CW SOC

Fall 2013

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LNGT 0102 - Intro to Sociolinguistics      

Introduction to Sociolinguistics
In this course, we will explore the ways that language creates and reflects social identities. We will look at the contextual factors-social, cultural, geographical, political, etc.-that impact language use and variation. Themes for this course will include linguistic variation, language and identity, language policy, and language in the media. We will consider questions such as: What distinguishes a language from a dialect? How and why do some language varieties become privileged? How do notions of politeness and respect vary across linguistic contexts? In essence, we will learn how language shapes our world, and how we shape language itself. SOC

Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014

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LNGT 0107 / EDST 0107 - Introduction to TESOL      

Introduction to TESOL
In this course we will study theories and practices relevant to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in the U.S. and abroad. We will examine curricular resources used with adolescent and adult learners, and practice developing materials applicable to a variety of classroom settings. We will also discuss critical issues in the field, such as linguistic prejudice, language maintenance, and social justice pedagogy. Class sessions are largely hands-on, and include student teaching demonstrations with peer feedback. Opportunities for community engagement are also available. The final project is a portfolio that includes a personal philosophy of teaching. (Not open to students who have taken LNGT/EDST 1003)

Fall 2013

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LNGT 0320 - Discourse Analysis      

Discourse Analysis
In this course, we will analyze and critique spoken and written discourse, asking questions such as: How do texts reinforce particular beliefs and assumptions? How can grammatical structure be used as a persuasive tool? How does language shape our thinking about social issues? Drawing on work from Deborah Cameron, Michel Foucault, James Paul Gee, Ruth Wodak, and others, we will trace the trajectory of Discourse Analysis (DA) as a methodology, examine fundamental works that employ DA methods, and craft individual research projects. Course assignments will be written in English, but students will have opportunities to analyze discourse in other languages. (LNGT 0101 or instructor approval) 3 hrs. lect./disc. CW SOC

Spring 2016

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LNGT 0500 - Independent Work      

Independent Work
(Approval Required)

Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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WRPR 0101 - Writing Workshop II      

Writing Workshop II
All sections of this course will address a variety of writing techniques and communications tools. Each section will focus on a particular theme. This course does not fulfill the college writing requirement. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

Fall 2012

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WRPR 0102 / EDST 0102 - English Lang in Global Context      

English Language in Global Context
In this course, we will discuss and write about the dominance of English in the global landscape. The course reader, The Handbook of World Englishes (2006), offers an interdisciplinary approach to the topic. We will begin the course with a geographic and historical overview of World Englishes and then will examine the impact of English language dominance on individuals and societies, emphasizing themes such as migration, globalization, education, and identity. Throughout the course, we will explore the relevance of these issues to educators, linguists, and policy-makers around the world. CMP SOC

Spring 2012, Spring 2014

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WRPR 0110 / LNGT 0110 - Eng Grammar: Concepts & Contro      

English Grammar: Concepts and Controversie
In this course we will study the structure of the English language, learning key terms and strategies for analyzing English syntax. We will explore English grammar from both prescriptive and descriptive perspectives and examine its relevance to language policy, linguistic prejudice, and English education. Readings will be drawn from a variety of texts, including Rhetorical Grammar (2009), Eats, Shoots & Leaves (2006), Language Myths (1999), and Origins of the Specious (2010). This course is relevant to students wanting to increase their own knowledge of the English language, as well as to those seeking tools for English teaching and/or research. SOC

Spring 2013, Spring 2016

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WRPR 0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
(Approval Required)

Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016

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