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Juan Li

Associate Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D. in English, University of Washington
M.A. in English, Kansas State University
M.A. in Applied Linguistics, The Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
B.A. The Central University of Nationalities in China, Beijing, China
At St. Thomas since 2006
Office
JRC 312
Hours
(Spring 2016) M/F 3:00-5:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5627

As a linguist, I am interested in ways in which speakers and writers use language to meet their changing needs in daily life. My research focuses on how our use of language in various contexts may affect our relationships with others, and how our perceptions of the world are shaped by our language. I enjoy teaching Introduction to Linguistics and other courses examining the intertwining relationship between language and society. Recently, I have developed a special interest in second language writing and reading.

Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses
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ENGL 203 - W51 Living in America (ESL) M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 JRC 481
CRN: 21426 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Juan Li Home plays a significant role in our lives. What does "home" mean to you? Is it a geographical location (the country and city you were born in and/or live in)? Is it an emotional bond with family members and other people like yourself? Is it a sense of shelter, comfort, safety, and being welcome when you move to a new place? When one is born in a country but moves to another, where is one's home? In this course, we will explore the many ways American writers have represented their senses of home and senses of being homeless in a variety of literary works--novels, short stories, plays, and memoirs. We will investigate through our readings and discussions what it means to live in America, whether as a citizen, an immigrant, or an international. We will consider how our senses of home are often bound up with issues such as memory, hope, loss, regionalism, alienation, and globalization. Authors to be read may include Ernest Hemingway, Walt Whitman, William Faulkner, Alice Walker, Eva Hoffman, and more. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 (ESL). Please note that this section is only open to English as a Second Language students.

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GENG 572 - 01 History of English Language M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 21884 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Juan Li Why is the pronoun “she” the word of the millennium? How did English spelling become the “world’s most awesome mess”, as Mario Pei puts it? This course invites you to examine the dramatic and interesting ways in which the English language has changed over the past 1200 years - from a little known dialect spoken on a British Isle to a global language spoken by 500 million people around the world as their native tongue. We will study the stages of the “life” of English, beginning with Old English and continuing through Middle English, Early Modern English and into present-day English. We will consider both internal linguistic changes of the language as well as cultural and literary events that caused changes. In this process of investigating the language’s past, we will also reflect on its present and look ahead to its future. By the end of the term, you will gain proficiency in describing the evolution of the English language. You will also have opportunities to apply your knowledge of the history of English to your own areas of interest - literary historical studies, colonial and post-colonial studies, language studies, and the teaching of writing. No background in linguistics is required for this course. The only prerequisite is your enthusiasm in studying the changes of the English language. This course satisfies an elective credit.

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Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W52 Crit Thinking: Lit/Wrtng (ESL) M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 222
CRN: 41267 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Juan Li Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 121 - W53 Crit Thinking: Lit/Wrtng (ESL) M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 SCB 112
CRN: 43201 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Juan Li Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 305 - 01 Linguistics: English Lang M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 208
CRN: 40100 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Juan Li This course is an introduction to the systematic study of the English language, with an emphasis on connections between academic linguistics and relevant social and educational questions. Students will study the English sound system through phonetics and phonology, how words are formed through morphology, how words combine to create clauses and meaning through syntax and semantics. After learning the linguistic tools to describe the English language, students will examine the contexts of language production in real life through the study of U.S. dialects, historical and ongoing changes in English, and various social interactions in language. This course fulfills the Theory and Practice requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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