Shawna Shapiro

Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing

 Spring 2017: Mon 11am-12pm, Tues 3:00-4:15pm, and Thurs 3:00-4:00pm (and by appt)
 Carr Hall 201



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
indicates offered in the current term
indicates offered in the upcoming term[s]

FYSE1405 - 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 NOR SOC

Fall 2013, Fall 2016

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INDE0800 - Ind Scholar Thesis      

Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2018

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LNGT0102 - 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 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

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LNGT0107 / EDST0107 - 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, Winter 2016

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LNGT0320 - 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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LNGT0500 - Independent Work      

Independent Work
(Approval Required)

Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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WRPR0100 - The Writing Workshop I      

This course is for students who would like extra work on critical thinking and analytical writing. All sections of this course will address a variety of writing strategies and technologies, from free writing to online writing. Each section will focus on a particular theme to be determined by the instructor. This course does not fulfill the college writing requirement. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

Spring 2017

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WRPR0102 / EDST0102 - 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 2014, Spring 2017

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WRPR0110 / LNGT0110 - Eng Grammar:Concepts & Controv      

English Grammar: Concepts and Controversies
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, Fall 2017

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WRPR0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
(Approval Required)

Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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