Katherine M. Johnson
Academic Literacy and Linguistics
Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5243
Kate Johnson received her M.A. in English Literature from the University of Denver, with a master’s thesis on the fiction of Alice Munro, and her M.A. in TESOL, with a specialization in teaching adults, from Hunter College – CUNY, where her thesis was on corrective feedback on second language writing.
She has taught college-level English as a Second Language, English Literature, and English Composition to both native and nonnative speakers, for more than eight years. In New York, she has taught at Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Pace University, and York College – CUNY, among others. She also served as a faculty member in English at the Universidad Católica del Norte, Escuela de Inglés, in Antofagasta, Chile, for two years. Kate speaks French and Spanish, and has done freelance translation work from these two languages into English.
Second Language Writing
- This intensive writing course for ESL students focuses on basic components of effective writing, including paragraph development and structure, sentence structure, word choice, and content. Students read and respond to a variety of texts and use argumentation, narrative, and description as modes of developing ideas in writing.
- This course will introduce the student to the study of Language and Culture. The course will introduce related topics, such as bilingual/bidialectal families and bilingual education, language and gender, literacy in a changing, technological society, child language acquisition, and different dialects and registers of English. The readings will draw on works in linguistics, literature and related fields. Students will work on critical reading and produce writing based on the readings in connections with their own experiences and backgrounds.
- This course is designed to improve the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills of beginning and low-intermediate level students. It is obligatory for one semester for all incoming ESL students whose placement shows a need for instruction at this level.
Corequisite: ESL 49