Welcome, ENGL2342 Hybrid students!

English 2342: Introduction to Literature I: Short Story and Novel, blended.  If you have any questions about the course, please contact me at the following address:


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A little about the course...

This course is specifically designed as a blended course which meets on Friday evenings from 5:30 to 9:20 p.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:50 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:50 p.m.  However, because this is a blended course, we will not meet the entire time!  Instead, we will meet as a group for part of our class time, and you will also be responsible for doing some of the course work on your own using Blackboard.  Many course assignments, links to lectures, guidelines for responses, and exams will be on our course Blackboard page, but we will also have in-class activities.  All essays will be handed in through Turnitin.com. That makes it easier for both of us to keep track of assignments and for you to view my comments on your papers. Remember that assignments are due on the assigned due dates; this is not a self-paced course.

I encourage you to e-mail me whenever you have a question. Good communication is a key factor in your success in this course. You will need to e-mail me at the college address (rslavens@collin.edu) and always include your specific course and section number in the subject line of the e-mail. Make sure all emails you send to me are from your Cougarmail address.  For your privacy's sake, I don’t respond to emails from private email addresses such as gmail, yahoo, or hotmail.  I do not keep my class rolls with me at all times, and it adds significant time to my reply if I have to look up your course/section before I can access the information needed to answer your question.

How the course works:

For three weekends, we will engage in intensive (but FUN) study of short stories and two short novels.  Each week you will need to complete the readings assigned on the schedule at the end of the Course Syllabus. You will also be expected to complete assignments (quizzes, essays, exams) that are due on assigned due dates.  There will be required in-class activities each day, such as quizzes and other activities.  We will also engage in discussions about the readings and watch film versions of some works.  In addition, there will be one essay and one exam during the course.

Texts you'll need:

Arp & Johnson, Perrine’s Story & Structure, 14th ed., 978-1-285-05206-9

Schaefer, Shane, 0-553-27110-5

I look forward to working with you!

Ray Slavens, Ph.D.