The Art of Reading: Self and Other for Multilingual Students (EN 101)
In this special section of Understanding Literature for multilingual speakers, students will learn how to read closely and critically, to speak and listen effectively, and to write convincingly. We will explore how texts create meaning for their audience and how we, as an audience of multilinguals, understand the content based on our unique world experiences. Students will consider the roles of perspective and identity in understanding literature while further developing English language skills in an academic environment.
Dr. Tasha Lewis is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She completed her undergraduate degree in Hispanic Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she grew up. Following this, she completed an MA in Spanish at California State University, Long Beach and a PhD in Spanish Linguistics at UC Davis. She speaks seven languages and has always been fascinated by the cognitive processes at work during second language acquisition.
Effective Writing: Self and Other for Multilingual Students (WR 100)
In this special section of Effective Writing, we’ll turn a critical eye to the role thinks like language, food, music, and culture play in our identities. Who we are when we write, speak, eat, listen? How do we communicate? To do this, we’ll study a range of different genres and texts on the subject and then try our hands at essays that explore these ideas for ourselves. Like some multilingual poets, storytellers, and essayists who mix languages in their pieces to represent the way they see the world and to get closer to who they are, we will challenge ourselves to consider how language, food, music, etc., are essential to understanding ourselves and others and how we might portray that on the page.
Dr. Lucas Southworth is an Associate Professor in the writing department, where he teaches composition, fiction, screenwriting, and film. His collection of short stories, Everyone Here Has a Gun, won AWP's Grace Paley Prize, and he has published over 40 short stories in magazines such as Conjunctions, AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Willow Springs, Hayden’s Ferry Review, West Branch. He has also received Grants, fellowships, and residencies from The Maryland State Arts Council, The Truman Capote Trust, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Jentel Artist Residency Program, Monson Arts, and Arteles Creative Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland.
Molly Fredette is the Director of The Study, which serves as a learning center on campus. It offers a wide variety of learning enhancement programs for students, such as tutoring, time management and organizational coaching, academic success workshops, and academic coaching. Before working at Loyola, Molly taught English while living in Peru and English as a second or other language (ESOL) at two colleges in New Hampshire. She loves working with multilingual speakers and supporting first-year students during their transition to college.
This course pairing is strongly recommended for multilingual speakers and/or students who want to strengthen their English language skills in an academic environment. Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students.