English Language and Composition

Classroom Teacher:  Katie Leber

Classroom Teacher

Leber

Katie Leber

EdS, Walden University
MEd, Norwich University
MA, National University
BA, New York Institute of Technology


Katie Leber discovered her passion for education as a young child. She has fond memories of lining up teddy bears and stuffed animals and “teaching” them with a chalkboard easel.

Katie earned two master’s degrees, one in education and one in English, and an Education Specialist degree in teacher leadership. She currently teaches as an adjunct at a few different universities and community colleges, both online and in the classroom. She has extensive experience with online education, including five years as an online teacher, ten years as an online student, and time spent as an online tutor.

Teaching is Katie’s passion and she enjoys sharing her love of English and composition with her students. Her favorite writers include Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, JK Rowling, Emily Dickinson, and Shakespeare. When she’s not busy teaching or spending office hours with students, Katie loves going to movies, reading, writing, spending time with her family and friends, and playing with her two dogs, Grace and Wilma.

This is Katie's third year teaching for the Academy.

Classroom Teacher:  Janie Barbosa

Janie BarbosaClassroom Teacher

Janie Barbosa

BA, Northwest Nazarene University

Janie Barbosa comes from a long line of educators and delights in continuing the family (and historical) tradition of teaching. Graduating with her BA in education from Northwest Nazarene University, Janie obtained state certification in both Washington and Idaho and quickly began instructing secondary students in the subjects of English writing and literature in the public school setting. Janie has 15 years of classroom and curriculum-development experience and has worked as an online instructor since embarking on the adventure of motherhood. 

As a homeschooling mother, Janie takes great interest in classical, literacy-based education – its history, its preservation, and its ability to inform Biblical study and spiritual growth. When she is not teaching, Janie unabashedly nurtures her addiction to educational texts, though she reserves her summers for getting lost in fictional literature and the woods (preferably at the same time). Her favorite authors include Charles Dickens, J.R.R.Tolkien, Emily Dickinson, and Rudyard Kipling. 

Janie’s non-literary hobbies are music, art, and gardening. She is blessed by a husband who encourages her in these pursuits and a daughter who shares them.

For the 2016–17 academic year, Janie is teaching Foundations in Writing and AP® English Language & Composition. This is her third year teaching for the Academy.

Classroom Teacher:  Jenni VanCuren

Jenni VanCuren Classroom Teacher

Jenni VanCuren

MA, George Mason University
BS, Old Dominion University 

While taking college classes as a homeschooled junior and senior, Jenni VanCuren discovered her passion for teaching through tutoring her peers. She realized her calling and continued to pursue her education at Old Dominion University, where she took courses both online and via satellite. During this time, Jenni also developed and taught a public speaking course for local high school homeschooled students. After receiving her BS in Professional Writing from ODU, Jenni immediately enrolled in George Mason University to earn her MA in English. Since graduating, Jenni has taught English Composition and American Literature in various community colleges, being nominated for Outstanding Adjunct Instructor of the Year.

In addition to teaching, Jenni works heavily with Lord Fairfax Community College’s Writing Center in Virginia. She has developed a website full of resources, including an online tutoring submission and a self-assessment quiz. She also enjoys combining disciplines and exploring the variances of writing, once joining forces with a psychology professor to develop and to teach “The Psychology of Edgar Allan Poe” at her college. Additionally, she mentors honors students as an advisor in the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.

When she is not working with students, Jenni delights in reading classics and mysteries, writing her own characters, enjoying time with family and friends, and watching football games and competitive cooking shows on Food Network.

This is Jenni's fourth year teaching for the Academy.

Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 11th grade level and up.

Description: AP® English Language and Composition takes a step-by-step approach to exploring the elements of good writing and critical reading. As students learn new writing methods and techniques each week, they complete assignments designed to provide ongoing practice and feedback.

AP® English Language and Composition
Live Online Class Session Schedule, 2016–17

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time

Instructors

Section 1
Mondays, 1:00–2:00 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Katie Leber
Section 2
Mondays, 6:00–7:00 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Janie Barbosa
Section 3
Closed – Section is Full 
Tuesdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Janie Barbosa
Section 4
Wednesdays, 1:00–2:00 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Katie Leber
Section 5
Wednesdays, 3:00–4:00 p.m. Eastern Ms. Jenni VanCuren
Note: Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions about
AP® English Language and Composition

 

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  • What topics will I learn about in English Language and Composition?

    The core of the English Language and Composition course is writing and reading for analysis, synthesis, and argument. Through immersion in a variety of sources, students will learn:

    • To think critically about a written text’s purpose, particularly in relationship to the Christian worldview,
    • To analyze a written text with rhetorical understanding for content legitimacy, context, audience, and purpose,
    • To synthesize ideas and integrate personal experience within a unique writing piece, for a specific purpose,
    • To analyze and synthesize arguments, including their appeals, with the purpose of demonstrating effective written communication skills while constructing effective arguments, and
    • To produce documents that effectively communicate with mature readers.

    The purpose of the course is to acquire college-level rhetoric and composition skills for clear, effective writing, including:

    • Proper use of English grammar, vocabulary, and writing conventions,
    • Increased stylistic development through use of sentence structure, organizational techniques, illustrative detail, syntax, diction, tone, voice, and style,
    • Effective use of analysis, synthesis, and argumentation,
    • Ability to analyze and synthesize arguments, including their appeals, with the purpose of demonstrating effective written communication skills while constructing effective arguments, and
    • Integration of the dynamics of mature writing for effectual communication of the Christian faith.

    Course activities will focus on:

    • Writing essays in several forms, proceeding through several stages with feedback from instructor and course peers,
    • Writing in informal contexts (journaling, imitation exercises),
    • Assignments in effective sentence and paragraph construction, literary techniques, figures of speech/devices, organization strategies, and writing contrasts,
    • Analyzing visual media in relationship to written texts and as alternative forms of text (advertisements, streaming media, photographs, political graphics/cartoons),
    • Reading and analyzing a wide variety of prose forms, styles, and genres for the author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques,
    • Writing expository, analytical, and argumentative assignments based on readings representing a variety of prose forms, styles, and genres,
    • Researching library and internet sources using specific strategies,
    • Citing sources using the Turabian/Chicago style of citation, and
    • Rewriting text based on feedback.
  • What books will I use in English Language and Composition?

    The official 2016–17 AP®  English Language and Composition Booklist is now available. In the offical booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and the reasons why HSLDA Online Academy selected these books.

    You can now order your books for the 2016–17 academic year through HSLDA Online Academy’s bookstore.

    By purchasing your textbooks through the Academy’s bookstore, you may be eligible for Guaranteed Book Buyback. Please view the eligibility requirements to learn more about Guaranteed Book Buyback.

  • Am I ready to take English Language and Composition?

    This is a rigorous, college-level course. To succeed, students should already have strong reading and writing skills. HSLDA Online Academy recommends that students complete at least one high school English course at an advanced or honors level before enrolling. Please visit the College Board page about AP® English Language and Composition for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP® exam in this subject.

    Still have questions about whether you are ready for an AP® course? Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed Language and Composition class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements with their instructors to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.  

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Language and Composition?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What is the tuition for English Language and Composition?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $100 on yearlong AP® courses!