Amparo Rios

Craft Class Adviser

BA, University of California-Irvine. MS, California State University-Fullerton. Areas of academic specialization include teaching English as a Second Language, program design, assessment, and second-language acquisition. Conference presentations include how to design effective student learning outcomes, implementing stimulating listening and speaking activities in the ESL classroom, and pilot test assessment for academic intensive English programs. SLC, 2017–

Graduate Courses

Writing 2018-2019

Pedagogy Craft and Internship: Teaching Good Prose


Prerequisites: Completion of at least two semesters in the MFA writing program or permission of the instructor or adviser. If you have not been in touch with SUNY Purchase and plan to register for this craft class, please get in touch with Amparo Rios for next steps.

This course will prepare student-teachers with a working knowledge of theories, methods, and procedures for teaching functional and academic reading and writing skills to first-year college students. The course has two main components, which include attendance in the Teaching Good Prose pedagogy seminar held on Fridays from 2:30 to 4:10 p.m., as well as a supervised teaching assistantship in a freshman writing class at SUNY Purchase. In the pedagogy seminar, readings and class discussions will explore strategies for designing and teaching lessons that will improve students’ ability to compose analytical college essays; express ideas clearly and effectively in well-developed, focused arguments with relevant and adequate evidence; and use the style and conventions of standard academic prose. Student-teachers are supervised by the instructor and supervisors and are required to attend one class per week. Additionally, student-interns are expected to meet with students outside of class for 1-2 hours per week.