American History Topics (AHT101)
This course covers major themes or events in American history since the European voyages of discovery with emphasis on developments before the Civil War (1861-1865). Topics include: discovery and colonization, conflict with Native Americans, the American Revolution, westward expansion, the Civil War, presidents and other famous people (including women), construction of a political system, scientific developments and business growth. Classes will consist of lectures and discussions. Students are expected to read several pages before each class. By the end of the course, students will have a general familiarity with themes of American history and a vocabulary useful for discussing history, social trends, and politics.
Derek Canning has been teaching in the Tokyo area for more than ten years and has worked in a wide variety of educational contexts. He holds a M.S.Ed in TESOL from Temple University and a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Calgary, Canada. His professional interests include teaching English to young learners, teaching reading and writing, and vocabulary acquisition. Derek is currently outlining a research project in evaluating structured and impromptu dialogues. When not teaching or studying, he enjoys hiking and traditional world music.
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