In 1992-1997, I ran my own Finnish language program in Superior, Wisconsin, developing curricula and teaching Finnish grammar and speaking, listening, and writing skills to beginning, intermediate, and advanced adult students. During the academic year of 2001-2002, I also taught a series of Finnish language courses for the Continuing Education evening program at Lake Superior College, Duluth, Minnesota.

In 1997-2007, I taught college English courses  at two institutions, University of Minnesota Duluth (1997-1999 and 2005) and Lake Superior College (1999-2007). Below is a list of courses I have developed and/or taught, with their official course descriptions.

Lake Superior College

ENGL 0450 Fundamentals of Writing I

The main purposed of the course is to develop students' skills in recognizing parts of sentences and to increase students' competencies in composing them. Special emphasis will be placed on eliminating sentence boundary errors (run-ons, comma splices, fragments). Regular writing assignments will emphasize skills in observation and inductive thinking.

ENGL 0460 Fundamentals of Writing II

This is a basic writing course which progresses from composition of expository paragraphs in several rhetorical modes to composition of expository essays. Rules of grammar and punctuation are reviewed.

ENGL 1106 College Composition I

First semester college-level composition course focusing on writing expository prose using word processing as a tool for composing. Emphasis is on writing as a process, critical reading, developing a voice, and grammar review. Presupposes competency in standard English. Required of all students working toward an AA, AS, or AAS Degree, unless special exemption is granted.

ENGL 1109 College Composition II

Second semester college-level composition course focusing on academic writing using primary and secondary sources, including basic research using print and electronic sources. Emphasis is on writing as a process, critical analysis, summarizing, research, logical argumentation, and MLA documentation. Presupposes competency in standard English. Required of all students working toward an AA or AS Degree, unless special exemption is granted.

ENGL 2002 Memoir Writing

Creative writing workshop in which students explore their personal histories and environments through writing, reading, and responding to a variety of non-fiction styles and structures.

ENGL 2101 English Literature 12th to 17th Century

The study of important works of English literature from the twelth through the seventeenth centuries.

ENGL 2102 English Literature 18th Century to Present

The study of important works of English literature from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.

ENGL 2132 Minnesota Literature

This course will introduce students to Minnesota writers through major forms of literature: novel, short story, poetry, drama, essay, autobiography, and prose. It is designed to provide students with a chance to get to know local literary artists through their work. Primary emphasis is on reading, discussing, interpreting, and writing about Minnesota literature.

ENGL 2140 Modern World Literature

A survey of world literature written after World War II. Readings will include selections of fiction, poetry, and essays from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Oceania, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America.

Muticultural Studies:

MCS 2301 Europe Study Abroad

This multi-cultural learning experience and course provides opportunities to gain a different perception of self and others. The course provides opportunities for noticing one's own patterns of cultural assumptions and habits of being that create the meaning we make from experience. The course intends to provide skills in intercultural communication and enhance the ability to adapt and function in unfamiliar cultural contexts, thereby enabling one to become more multi-culturally oriented.

University of Minnesota Duluth

ENGL 1582: Introduction to World Literatures
This course introduces students to a broad range of predominantly non-Western contemporary world literature. Readings will include selections of fiction, poetry, memoirs, and essays from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The course will familiarize students with various literary approaches. In particular, students will examine works within their cultural context, including religion, traditions, beliefs, politics, values, morals, history, and geography, and make frequent comparisons to the mainstream U.S. culture. Common themes will include our common humanity (heritage, family, community, identity, autonomy, faith, love, and commitment) and otherness (colonization, the immigrant experience, and alienation). A focus of the course will be on gaining an appreciation for viewpoints of people around the world. Assignments, which include class discussions, culture presentations, and a literary analysis essay, are designed to improve critical thinking and analytical abilities, as well as written and oral communication skills.

COMP 1120:College Writing
Instruction and practice in writing argumentative prose for academic situations with integrated word processing lab.

 

The study of important works of English literature from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.

ENGL 2132 Minnesota Literature

This course will introduce students to Minnesota writers through major forms of literature: novel, short story, poetry, drama, essay, autobiography, and prose. It is designed to provide students with a chance to get to know local literary artists through their work. Primary emphasis is on reading, discussing, interpreting, and writing about Minnesota literature.

ENGL 2140 Modern World L

A survey of world literature written after World War II. Readings will include selections of fiction, poetry, and essays from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Oceania, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America.

Muticultural Studies:

MCS 2301 Europe Study Abroad 

This multi-cultural learning experience and course provides opportunities to gain a different perception of self and others. The course provides opportunities for noticing one's own patterns of cultural assumptions and habits of being that create the meaning we make from experience. The course intends to provide skills in intercultural communication and enhance the ability to adapt and function in unfamiliar cultural contexts, thereby enabling one to become more multi-culturally oriented.

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