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English Literature

Instructor: Vincent Lankewish

July 22-26

This course provides an overview of the basic structure and content of the AP® English Literature and Composition course. It is appropriate for teachers who are new to the curriculum and for those who are experienced, but wish to expand the range of their teaching strategies and methods. Participants will consider the scope of the AP® course and become familiar with the AP® exam, as well as the reading and scoring process. In addition, participants will learn effective techniques used by other AP® teachers, including those for diverse constituencies. Emphasis will be on selecting appropriate materials that will lead to college-level literary analysis. The course will begin with a full analysis of the exam itself and consideration of strategies that help students prepare for both the multiple-choice and essay sections. We will spend part of our time placing ourselves in the position of our students, as well as developing effective lessons that promote close reading, literary analysis, and argumentation, and discussing syllabus requirements for the AP® Course Audit.

Register: English Literature

About the Instructor

Dr. Vincent A. Lankewish teaches 11th and 12th grade humanities, AP® English Literature, and AP® English Language at the Professional Performing Arts School, a New York City public high school located in Manhattan's theater district. 

Dr. Lankewish received a double B.A. in English and Journalism from New York University. He holds an M.Phil. in Nineteenth-Century British Literature from Merton College, University of Oxford; an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership from the Bank Street College of Education; and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He has been teaching English for 31 years at the high school and college levels. 

From 1998 to 2005, he was Assistant Professor of English at Penn State University-University Park. A specialist in Victorian and medieval literature as well as genre theory, Dr. Lankewish is completing a book manuscript entitled Seeing Through the Marriage Plot: Same-Sex Marriage, Queer Vision, and the Rise of Ophthalmology in Victorian Literature. His articles have appeared in academic journals such as Victorian Literature and Culture, Nineteenth-Century Literature, College Literature, Pedagogy, and English Journal.

Dr. Lankewish is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, The Northeast Victorian Studies Association, and the Modern Language Association. In addition, he has as served as a reader of the AP® English exams and has been a workshop consultant for the College Board® since 1999.

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