I balance teacher- and pupil-centered learning methods, which means being able to impart knowledge (of literature, reading and writing skills, and history) in a formal, logical manner while paying attention to the student responds, to be alert to what particularly interests them as a way to draw them into an awareness of the broader subject at hand, and find ways to make it meaningful to them personally. Knowledge retention does not last without personal investment or imaginative involvement.
Thus, my lessons always involve students exercising their imagination. In analyzing literature, they engage, for example, in counterfactuals (“What if” questions eliciting different ways to think about what choices an author might have made, which can give greater meaning and impact to how the story, poem, or essay under consideration is structured). This kind of exercise creates greater student involvement in the object of study. This is also true of learning history.
Further, learning to write well is a refining of the student’s decision-making process. Writing each draft of a paper, they need to reconsider what they have previously written about their chosen topic. Entertaining counterarguments is essential to developing a more robust thesis. This includes questioning initial certainties that change as the student deploys critical thinking as they develop as writers.
Over my teaching career, I’ve adapted and refined my own assessment rubrics for writing, from assessing a student’s sentence-by-sentence skill to their ability to write a coherent, well-argued essay. More regular assessments track progress in reading comprehension, which is, of course, the foundation to writing well.
I have a Master's in English Literature and have taught and tutored college students, high school seniors, and ESL learners of various ages and ethnicities for a total of eight years.
The settings I have taught in include several community colleges, a university ESL program, a bridge-to-college school, dual credit courses for high school seniors, small group and individual sessions in a variety of academic topics and ESL (including Business English).
Per session, $40/h for the first hour, $45/h thereafter.
For groups of two or more, it’s $30 per student for the first hour, and $35 thereafter.
David W. Bowen
Teacher and tutor covering topics in academic writing/composition (essays and articles), literature and history, grammar, ESL, and personal narrative, as well.
Relevant Work Experience
Freelance Editor remotely / Austin, TX
Editing and proofreading academic articles for publication (covering topics in the history of psychology).
Palgrave Macmillan / University of Saarland remotely / Austin, TX
Book Editor/Proofreader May–October 2019
Edited and proofread a book of academic essays (covering topics in the history of psychology); challengingly, English was not a native language for any of the authors.
Austin Community College Austin, TX
British Literature & History Adjunct Professor September 2017–December 2017
Teaching college-level survey courses in British language, literature, and history with high school students seeking early college credit. My emphasis was on careful reading, lively debate, and composition skills. Each of the four class essays focused on analyzing and constructively comparing several short works or specific themes within a given time period. Critical thinking and self-motivated research skills emphasized throughout.
Berlitz Learning Center Austin, MA
English Tutor May 2017–August 2017
Tutored adult students with varying degrees of English proficiency in one-on-one settings. Emphasis was on conversational fluency and vocabulary, both practical and topical.
Bunker Hill Community College / College Bound Boston, MA
Freshman Composition Adjunct Professor September 2014–May 2016
Taught largely freshmen students grammar, reading comprehension and college-essay writing skills. Essay projects spanned narrative, expository and persuasive writing strategies; critical thinking and self-motivated research skills emphasized throughout. Classes also conducted in a bridge-to-college program in inner-city Dorchester.
Mass Bay Community College Wellesley, MA
English and Composition Adjunct Professor January 2015–May 2016
Taught students with varying degrees of English proficiency, in grammar, reading comprehension and college-essay writing skills. Essay projects spanned narrative, expository and persuasive writing strategies; critical thinking and self-motivated research skills emphasized throughout.
Zachary Stein, Professor of Education remote / MA
Freelance Editor May–July 2014
Edited, both developmentally and by the line, Rutledge philosophy book Social Justice and Educational Measurement by Dr. Zachary Stein.
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
English as a Second Language Adjunct Professor September 2013–June 2014
Taught intermediate-level English-language learners. Part-time all-day classes emphasize incrementally complex grammar, reading comprehension and writing skills, focusing on creative, topical essays and narrative reconstruction (writing about short stories and movies).
Bowen: Further Relevant Work Experience
Watch Journal; Pen World remote / TX
Freelance writer for two consumer magazines January 2010–October 2014
Wrote product and trade-event reviews, as well as conducting interviews, focusing on the niche industry of hand-crafted European watches and other collectibles (like fine writing instruments).
Raisbeck English Institute Bogotá, Colombia
Global Business English Teacher September 2012–January 2013
Taught multinational business executives (Kellogg’s; Bayer; BASF) in one of South America’s largest cities. Lessons included cultural and historical topics in addition to conventional grammar & vocabulary.
Scholastic Corporation – India remote / NY
Freelance Writer July–September 2012
Contracted to adapt Shakespeare’s King Lear to a novella-length prose narrative; while the project was successfully completed and submitted, it will not be published as the imprint switched markets.
BiNet, Inc., and Private Tutor Brooklyn, NY
English & Math Tutor March–June 2012
Assisted primary and secondary school students in understanding math and English grammar, and encouraged self-motivated reading and writing. Many students were native Spanish speakers.
Private Tutor Austin, Texas
Self-employed private tutor May–December 2011
Assisted college students with basic composition and reading comprehension, especially in the humanities and business courses.
University of Rochester Rochester, New York
Master of Arts in English Literature August 2009
Studies focused on twentieth-century American prose & poetry, as well as Shakespeare & critical theory.
Oxford Seminars Rochester, New York
English as a Second Language Teaching Certificate Summer 2009
Developed & presented lesson plans focusing on enhancing the comprehension & conversational talents of adult students learning English.
Hampshire College Amherst, Massachusetts
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities May 2005
Studied canonical Western literature, modern political philosophy, & world & European history.
Languages Abroad Program Cusco, Peru
Program Volunteer Fall 2003
Lived with Peruvian family, tutored children & adults in English, while acquiring fluency in Spanish.
Global Routes Chiang Rai, Thailand
Volunteer Teacher of English as a Second Language Fall 2000
Taught English in several rural elementary schools and tutored children of the host family.
Foreign language acquisition includes: advanced Spanish (enhanced by recent work & travel in South America, 2012-13); and basic German and French.
I have known David for 2 years now. His background in ESL, writing and literature are nothing to sneeze at. He has taught over 10 years, written and edited numerous published sources and has a mastery of the English language. He is continuously engaged in learning and educating others. David has helped me become a better writer and I highly recommend him.
I have known David Bowen for over fifteen years, since we were classmates in college. We have been close friends and colleagues ever since, maintaining an ever-evolving conversation on topics ranging from English and German Romantic poetry to the theory and practice of translation, post-colonial theory, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. David is an excellent editor of academic English and has worked with me on several cutting-edge historical and cultural studies books. His knowledge not only of English and American, but also world literature, is broad, deep, and richly informed by historical and philosophical context. David is also uniquely knowledgeable about the history and theory of speculative and science fiction, one of his areas of specialization. Perhaps most importantly, he is an open-minded and open-hearted individual with a lifelong commitment to teaching and learning. He has the experience and judgment to meet any student just where they are at and help them improve their writing, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and scholarly writing skills. I could not recommend him more highly to any student with a genuine interest in learning. --John Koster, PhD.
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