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EN 111 Composition and Interpretation of Literature

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    Jun 13, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The overall class was great, but when you are told to read reviews on the teacher... do it, you won't know if the book is required, like if it is actually used or not, you won't learn about their grading style. I didn't look up Mr. Poremba but right away I saw he was a great teacher, and even though he is quite old and has tinnitus, so you have to speak quite loud and clear or he"ll mess up your name until he gets the official roster. He'll genuinely feel bad about pronouncing your name wrong, he doesn't want to treat anyone differently. His grading is quite strict and he will give you numerous assignments, so if you miss a day be ready for a lot to catch up on.

    Course highlights:

    In the class I've benefited from the other classmates and saw that even though we are different, we had the same thoughts on numerous short stories we read. In any other English class i wouldn't have, had the opportunity to see what my other classmates learnt because no other teacher taught in a lecture setting.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    If no one volunteers an answer he will choose randomly, sometimes he will have certain students he'll call out all the time, so you must be prepared or you'll look like you don't care about what he says. (And then he'll give an example of what you/your class is saying about his assignments, he flipped off my class... he was angry, don't be like that he would take any of you seriously). Near the end of the semester he made up write a final exam question to answer, DO NOT make it too easy, or too hard, as you will not be answering your own. You will get another classmates and if the question is something like "Who is the author of A Tale Tell Heart?" He will tell you it's a silly question and tell you to make one up in stead of answering it. You will be graded on your question and your answer. Also don't try B-Sing the projects by using spark notes and others sources and not citing, he will know and he will fail you. He wants his students to learn how to voice their opinions in their work, not someone who gets paid to do it. He is a great teacher and his course is to be taken seriously, if you don't take it seriously the class will be hard, but if taken seriously it will be a breeze. He will give you numerous chances to redeem yourself throughout the course, that is one thing you will want to take an advantage of, read the poems, short stories and dramas, have fun with them and when the day comes to talk about it, surprise him with all that you know, then he'll expect the rest of the class to up their game, and you won't be the one being dragged under the bus, even if you're shy he'll see that you came out of your safety zone to communicate and share with the class and he'll see that as an accomplishment worth taking note of.

    • Spring 2016
    • Poremba
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Participation Counts

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