Shawna Shapiro

Director of Writing and Rhetoric Program, Associate Professor of Writing & Linguistics

 work(802) 443-5977
 Mon 11am-12pm, T/Th 3-4pm, or by appt
 Carr Hall 201

You can find out more about me at my webpage,, which has a link to my current CV, as well as copies of some publications and conference presentations, plus materials from my courses and workshops.



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
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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. AMR CW SOC

Fall 2016, Fall 2018

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INDE 0800 - Ind Scholar Thesis      

Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Spring 2020

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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

Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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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. Class sessions are largely hands-on, and include student teaching demonstrations with peer feedback. (Not open to students who have taken LNGT/EDST 1003) WTR

Winter 2016

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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 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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WRPR 0100 - Writing in Academic Contexts I      

Writing in Academic Contexts I
In this class students will build upon their identities as writers and thinkers, engaging complex issues within a diverse and supportive classroom community. Class activities and assignments will focus on building rhetorical awareness, analyzing texts and media by prominent writers, and understanding academic culture. We will critically examine various genres and grammatical structures, with attention to cultural context. Students will explore their voices and perspectives in class discussion and throughout all phases of the writing process, including planning, peer review, and revision. Each student will meet frequently with the instructor. This course does not fulfill the college writing requirement 3 hrs. lect/disc

Spring 2017

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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. Course readings and films offer 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 2017, Spring 2018

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WRPR 0110 / LNGT 0110 - 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 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2019

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WRPR 0206 / LNGT 0206 - Narratives in News Media      

Narratives in News Media
In this course we will consider questions such as: What linguistic strategies do the news media use to craft compelling stories? What are the dominant narratives at play about national and global social issues, and how are some journalists working to counter those narratives? We will employ Critical Discourse Analysis as a central framework, reading theoretical and empirical work by linguists such as Teun van Dijk, as well as from sociologists and political scientists. We will engage with “On the Media” and other podcasts, TED talks, documentaries such as Outfoxed (2004), and online magazines. Students will write for a variety of audiences. 3 hrs. lect./disc. CW SOC

Spring 2018, Spring 2019

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WRPR 0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
(Approval Required)

Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

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