English 3389: The Discipline of English explores the nature of English studies as a formal field, examining its components and their relationships.
In other words, in English 3389 you will . . .
- Gain an understanding of the state and national standards that comprise the secondary English curriculum.
- Develop a repertoire of teaching strategies for helping students develop their literacy skills across all six strands of the English language arts (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and representing).
- Discover, practice, and apply research-based instructional approaches and techniques that are effective for teaching English language arts in the secondary classroom.
- Learn how current pedagogical theory and research inform “best-practice” models and methods for teaching English to a diverse community of students.
- Acquire the content and professional knowledge needed to prepare you for the English Language Arts and Reading 7-12 TExES (Texas Examination of Educator Standards), which is required for educator certification in the state of Texas.
- Engage in the habits of mind necessary to become an effective and reflective teacher.
Because English 3389 is specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you will need to successfully teach English at the secondary level, we strongly recommend that you take it prior to student teaching, typically in conjunction with your C&I block.