TNCC students learn about their majors in English class


Published: August 25, 2009

The Daily Press

Recognizing that generic material in an English class is, for some, akin to watching paint dry, Thomas Nelson Community College instructors have tailored some English classes for freshmen to specific areas of study.

So as classes started Saturday, TNCC put to the test the idea that reading and writing on topics related to a student’s future profession will hold attention longer.

English 111: College Composition I will be available to coincide with studies in science and technology, social science, business and accounting, liberal arts and pre-nursing, said college officials.

The new courses are part of TNCC’s Communities of Learning program, which helps students successfully transition into the college environment with a team of counselors, advisers and career planners.

It was launched about three years ago to help students in developmental, or noncredit, English classes.

Associate Professor of English Dawn Hayden and Associate Professor of Reading Mary Dubbe are co-directors for Communities of Learning.

For the new, customized composition courses, English instructors will get input from faculty in the specialty curriculum that they are folding into their classes.

Each class will be assigned a mentor — a professor in the career major — who will talk to the class a couple of times during the semester. He or she will discuss career opportunities in the field of study and answer questions about courses on the topic.

The customized course work is supposed to encourage students to work together, build relationships and learn more from the instructor and their classmates, according to TNCC.

At a glance

TNCC’s English 111:
College Composition I course is customized to interest students in the following fields:

  • science and technology
  • social science
  • business and accounting
  • liberal arts
  • pre-nursing



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