English instructors give presentation at regional conference

Email this article 11/21/2013

Three SWTJC English instructors were among the presenters at this year's Two-Year College English Association Southwest (TYCA–SW) Conference held earlier this month in Austin.

Rebecca Andrews of the Del Rio campus, along with Uvalde campus instructor Reagan King and humanities and fine arts division chair Terri Tucker joined forces in a presentation entitled: "Going Beyond the Text: Creative Extensions for Teaching Literature."

Andrews' portion of the presentation involved creating an assignment where students switch or translate a work studied in class into another genre. For example, if the original text is a poem, students can turn it into a short story or a script for reader's theater; or if the original text is a short story, students might create a poem, song or script.

King's presentation involved assignment ideas for a creative poetry project, while Tucker presented ideas for "found," formula and memoir poems and an assignment for an oral poet report that involves research, oral presentation and explication.

Tucker also took part in the poetry showcase at this year's TYCA Conference reading several of her original works including: "So We Did," "When I Was Five," "Three Sisters," and others.

The TYCA–SW includes colleges from Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. This year's conference was hosted by Austin Community College and held at the Driskill Hotel.

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