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Philosophy of Teaching

My philosophy is that people learn best when: 

  • they are involved
  • they are having fun
  • they are challenged
  • they are able to teach others
  • they are responsible to their peers
  • they are faced with an authentic need
  • they focus on a task or discussion rather than on a targeted skill or vocabulary item
  • they acquire knowledge together with strategies for real-life implementation 


No one can never teach you everything you need to know about any subject. I won't even try. Instead, I'll strive to equip you with some foundational skills and then overtly and inductively train you in the development and use of strategies for using those skills to address novel situations as they arise.


101 - Composition

252 - Modern English Grammar
Online Version

451 - Introduction to Linguistics

453 - History of English

455 - Sociolinguistics

708 - Linguistics for ESOL

718 - K-12 ESOL Methods

728 - Literacy for K-12 ESOL


Comments? Questions? Suggestions?
 Send me an email: dmarlow_AT_uscupstate_DOT_edu