Teaching

I’ve been teaching and tutoring at the tertiary level since 2014. I’m familiar with both blended and fully online courses. Of course, the latter has become more common of late! These are the courses I have experience with (excerpts from course outlines are included).


University of Toronto Mississauga

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LIN204 English Grammar I

LIN325 Phonetics and Phonology in English


The University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus

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LING 1005 Introduction to Language

The course aims at familiarising students with the range of ways in which language operates in human society, to introduce students to language as a dynamic phenomenon, varying and changing from region to region, from one historical period to another and from one culture to the next.

LING 2101 Language Acquisition

This course is designed to enable students to comprehend the natural processes of primary language acquisition in monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual situations. It examines theories of language acquisition and measures these against experimental and naturalistic findings in this burgeoning field. It examines the contribution of neurolinguistic findings to the field. It investigates the major current issues in language acquisition research.

LING 2702 Point-of-View and Meaning in Literary Discourse

This course is designed to enable students to comprehend the natural processes of primary language acquisition in monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual situations. It examines theories of language acquisition and measures these against experimental and naturalistic findings in this burgeoning field. It examines the contribution of neurolinguistic findings to the field. It investigates the major current issues in language acquisition research.

LING 3099 Special Project in Linguistics

This course initiates students into research in Linguistics. It specifically enhances understanding of the nature of research in general and linguistics research in particular. Students are expected to develop skills at identifying and defining problems, selecting appropriate approaches to research, and designing and executing research programmes across the broad spectrum of possibilities in Linguistics.

LING 6804 Language Acquisition in Creole Contexts

The course acquaints students in depth with the nature of creologenic environments and the contexts in which language acquisition occurs within them. In doing this it considers different phases in the development of Creoles in themselves and in relation to juxtaposed standard varieties. Following from this the course of language acquisition is charted within these environments and the structure of Creoles and their emergent characteristics in young children are detailed.

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LING 1001 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology

LING 1002 Introduction to Morphology and Syntax

LING 2305 Introduction to Educational Linguistics

EDCU 2013 Introduction to Curriculum Studies


College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT)

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COMM 108 Oral Presentation Skills

This course explores the theory, process and practice of public speaking and listening, with the technique of understanding an audience and sustaining interest. It will be conducted through lectures and workshops which will develop speaking, presenting, listening, interviewing and debating skills. Topics include managing anxiety and ‘stage fright’ and the use of multimedia aids. Focus will also be placed on voice and non-verbal forms of communication, including spatial and body movements (body language), cues, and signals which are continuously encoded and decoded.

COMM 118 Workplace Communication

This course will engage students in learning, practising and displaying an array of competencies in the various skills areas of communications within the workplace environment. The objective is to produce a course graduate who will be confident and effective in responding to a range of assignment demands that are integral to the modern workplace setting.

COMM 119 Advanced Grammar for Office Professionals

This course covers the major aspects of English grammar. This course covers aspects of English grammar as parts of speech, phrases, clauses, and sentences, the English sentence, punctuation, and paragraph writing.

COMM 120 Critical Reading and Writing Skills for Journalism and Communication Majors

This course is designed to improve mastery of spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension skills, all of which are critical for students pursuing degrees in Journalism and Communication. Media and communication personnel must have superior writing and comprehension skills, including clarity of expression and the ability to accurately analyze and interpret texts so this course is an extended workshop which addresses the deficiencies identified in students in this area over time. The course will bring students into frequent, repeated contact with material, drawn almost exclusively from journalistic sources, familiarity with which will enhance both their comprehension and expression skills.

ENGL 200 Comparative Literature

This course introduces students to some of the major works of world literature by examining texts which have gained a critically recognized status, which can stimulate discussion of and critical thinking about relevant human, social and philosophical issues and which both speak to the specific historical and social context of their creation and to universal societal concerns. Students will gain a basic understanding of literary elements, terms, concepts and genres; practice their oral and written language skills through analysis of selected texts and engage in critical thinking, analysis and appraisal of the ideas, themes and techniques/structures developed in the texts.

WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing

The course attempts to expand general literacy by underlining critical thinking and non-fiction writing as imperatives of effective communication. Students will be assigned a range of writing tasks to afford them the opportunity to write clearly and concisely in Standard English and to enhance their command and critical appreciation of various rhetorical modes such as Process, Comparison and Contrast, Cause and Effect, and Argument and Persuasion. In addition, they will practise summary writing.