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Spring 2021

Section 4317 of ENGL5
Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking -- : Feb 02 - May 16 2021

Fall 2020

Section 2511 of ENGL50
English 1A Support Course -- : Aug 31 - Dec 11 2020
The above section offers students support in college-level reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to help them succeed in English 1A. Students who enroll in English 50 are automatically co-enrolled in English 1A (2525) with the same instructor. The section above will include optional online meetings; details will be shared in the course syllabus. Please note the 8/31 start date. After registering for this class, click on the section number to find any available online course material.

Section 2525 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Aug 31 - Dec 11 2020
The above section of English 1A is a co-requisite for English 50. Students are automatically enrolled in both English 1A and English 50 (2511) with the same instructor. English 50 offers students support in college level reading, writing and critical thinking skills to help them succeed in English 1A. Please note the 8/31 start date. After registering for this class, click on the section number to find any available online course material.

B.A. Psychology, UCLA, 1995
M.A. English Literature, SFSU, 2001
Certificate to Teach Composition, SFSU, 2001
Certificate to Teach Post-Secondary Reading, SFSU, 2001

ENGLISH 5: It's easy to assume everyone knows what we mean when we say "critical thinking", but in this course we're going to dig in and define it for ourselves. How would you define critical thinking? Why is it important? What is your definition of a strong argument? Or a weak one?

These questions will guide our work together this semester, and your own interests and concerns will help us choose which specific topics to investigate. We will brainstorm possible topics and then work together to build our knowledge on them, tailoring our readings accordingly, all while creating our own definitions of what it means to be a critical thinker, reader, and writer.  "Customizing" our class this way helps us be flexible thinkers and apply our skills to both traditional and non-traditional topics for inquiry. Most of our readings will come from online sources, and we will also nominate and vote on a book to read together this semester. 

We will meet synchronously on Zoom weekly.

If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to email me.