English 498A + English 491C = a capstone service-learning seminar for English majors taught by English Department faculty member and Community Literacy Program Director Elizabeth Simmons-O’Neill. This linked pair of courses offers an opportunity for English Majors interested in public education to gain crucial school-based experience, serves as a bridge between undergraduate and Teacher Education Program curriculum, and gives you an opportunity to work in partnership with public school students and teachers as you complete your undergraduate degree.
In English 498A students will meet twice weekly on campus (MW 11:30-1:20) in a writing-intensive capstone seminar focused on learning effective methods of working with public school students, exploring some central challenges and opportunities for public education, and using writing and presentation to inquire into, develop and communicate your thinking about these issues. English 498A includes research instruction and revision conferences with the instructor, and writing projects focused on education-related careers and graduate school applications offered in partnership with the UW Career Center.
In English 491C (C/NC; 1-3 credits) you put what you learn on campus into action, volunteering (4-5 hours a week, on a schedule you arrange) at our partner public school in north Seattle. English 491C will appear on your transcript as an internship. English 491 may be used toward the field work requirement or as an elective in the Education, Learning and Society Minor, and provides documentation of school-based experience needed for application to Teacher Education programs.
For add codes and with questions: contact instructor Elizabeth Simmons-O'Neill, firstname.lastname@example.org