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–

Previous Courses

Pedagogy Craft and Internship: Teaching Good Prose


Taught by Dashielle Horn, SUNY Purchase faculty, and Amparo Rios, Craft Class Adviser

Prerequisite: Completion of at least two semesters in the MFA Writing program.

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: attendance in the Teaching Good Prose pedagogy seminar, held on Fridays from 12:30 to 2:10 pm; and 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 the student’s ability to compose analytical college essays; to express ideas clearly and effectively in well-developed, focused arguments with relevant and adequate evidence; and to use the style and conventions of standard academic prose. Student teachers are supervised by the instructor and are required to attend one session of a freshman writing class per week. Additionally, student teachers are expected to meet with students outside of class for 1-2 hours per week.