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The weekly tutorial for the course will be the most important way for you to learn about differing approaches to the plays. Tutorials will be limited to twenty students, so there will be an opportunity for all to participate. In preparation for the tutorial you should
- Read the play, and complete the self-test to be sure you understand it
- Think about the general issues discussed in the commentary and the critical readings
- Check the electronic bulletin board for discussion topics
- Come with questions about the play--or the course
At each tutorial your instructor will discuss a short passage in detail, as part of the preparation for the Explication. Students will be invited to participate in the explication.
|January 15-16||The Taming of the Shrew, 1.1.147-65.|
|January 15-16||The Taming of the Shrew, 3.2.8-26.|
|January 22-3||A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1.1.128-49.|
|January 29-30||A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5.1.1-22.|
|February 5-6||Much Ado About Nothing, 2.1.226-49.|
|February 12-13||The Merchant of Venice, 1.1.161-85.|
|February 26-27||The Merchant of Venice, 5.1.54-88.|
|March 5-6||The Tempest, 3.2.82-106.|
|March 11 [makeup]||Measure for Measure, 1.3.19-54.|
|March 19-20||Measure for Measure, 5.1.89-119.|
|March 26-27||The Winter's Tale, 1.2.266-95.|
|April 2-3||The Winter's Tale, 5.2.1-40.|
The Course Instructor is also the Course Designer. He will oversee the general functioning of the course, and will be available for personal consultation by e-mail, phone, or in person by appointment. In addition he will:
Be sure to contact your Course Instructor for any of these reasons (and any other problems you may have):
- Give an opening introduction to the course.
- Meet with the tutorial group each week.
- Participate in the electronic "bulletin board."
- Hold two office hours per week, both to be available for telephone consultation as well as normal student visits.
- Grade the assignments.
- Mark the exams.
- You do not understand some aspect of the written materials.
- You have undue difficulty with any of the assigned readings.
- You have undue difficulty with the computer component of the course. (Note that the staff of the Computer Assisted Language Laboratory are both helpful and knowledgeable.)
- You are uncertain about the nature of a practice exercise or an assignment.
- You have a question or problem arising from his or her comments or grading on one of your assignments.
Your instructor will have two office hours per week: Thursday at 12:30 and at 3:30, Clearihue B436. In this course especially you should consider office hours a time when you can conveniently supplement the various materials you are working with. I am there to be consulted: you can ask questions about any aspect of the course, and can receive individual assistance on the computer component of the course if you need it. If you can't make it to my office hours, the best way of reaching me is by e-mail (I check it at several time a day); alternatively you can phone during my office hours. I will get back to you as soon as I can.
General assistance on computer matters is available in the various computer labs around campus.
The first thing to do if you have a problem with the course is to approach the Course Instructor directly÷in person, by phone, or by e-mail. If you are not satisfied, you should speak to the Director of the Language Program (Dr. Gordon Fulton). Hey, nobody's perfect. You should also be aware that the Department of English has two Equity Officers (one male, one female) if your problem has to do with issues that concern equity. The UVSS also has an Ombudsperson.
This page last updated on 1 December 2003.
Send queries to Michael Best, English Department, University of Victoria, Victoria B.C. V8W 3W1, Canada.