May 27, 2003 — New courses planned for the summer session at the University of the Virgin Islands include public speaking, conversational French, and international literature. New for fall will be creative writing and "Science and the Elementary Teacher."
The courses are new offerings from UVI's humanities and education divisions.
Registration for the summer semester for both campuses is June 5-9. Classes begin June 9 and end July 23. Between the two campuses, approximately 120 courses are offered in addition to the new courses added for the summer semester.
Registration for the fall semester on both campuses is August 13-15. The 2003 fall semester begins August 18 and ends December 14. In order to be matriculated for the fall semester, students must apply by the admission deadline, May 30. The general public, however, is invited to take courses without being matriculated.
Details of the new courses:
— The public speaking course is aimed at improving communication skills and developing public speakers. It will teach individuals how to conduct research, prepare effective outlines and methods to deliver effective speeches. In addition, the course will provide practical experiences in presenting both informative and persuasive public speeches.
— Conversational French is designed to develop oral fluency in French. This course will be conducted entirely in French and will cover business, cultural, political, social and arts issues.
— International Literature is a course in which students are encouraged to discover non-European literature. Areas to be discovered include Palestine, the Middle East (Persia), India, Pakistan, Asia and the Asian Pacific.
— For the fall semester, the humanities division will offer creative writing, an online Asynchronous Distance Learning course. Creative writing is designed for students who live in the U.S. Virgin Islands or British Virgin Islands. Using the latest edition of Stephen Minot's "Three Genres" text and on-line editions of the "Caribbean Writer," students will be asked to write poetry, short fiction and a one-act play and will produce individual, final creative projects in the area of their choosing.
One new addition to the education division's courses is "Science and the Elementary Teacher" for the fall semester. This course is designed for elementary education majors and teachers seeking certification. The course will give students the opportunity to participate in the construction of scientific knowledge by engaging in critical thinking and original research projects in the natural sciences. The course will expose students to science teaching reform, standards in science teaching, and the theories of teaching and learning science.
For further information regarding registration call 693-1150 on St. Thomas, and 692-4158 on St. Croix.
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