"The Two Hands Approach to the English Language: A Symphonic Assemblage" consists of two volumes. Together, the two volumes provide an integral and comprehensive examination and pedagogy for the mastery of the English language. The two volumes introduce 55 innovative breakthroughs in the learning and teaching (1) of vocabulary acquisition; (2) of grammar; and (3) of punctuation, but more importantly, they introduce a novel system of English composition based on 11 standard Forms of the English Sentence. The books highlight as well effective new methods for teaching reading, and they provide insightful instructions and guidelines for the creative use of imagination and literature in education. For the first time, the books include a large collection of excellent student essays as models for new students to use in composing 13 separate writing assignments. Finally, the books in their entirety introduce and exemplify for the first time a novel genre of literature, the Symphonic Assemblage. The books also feature various assemblages of excellent essays, poems, and numerous excerpts by famous writers. Volume II provides multiple examples that instruct students how to write longer compositions and essays. Volume II concludes with a bibliography of over 400 books that will prove useful and indispensable for further research by interested scholars.
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Richard Dowling, M.A.
Richard Dowling is an associate professor with the Asian Division of the University of Maryland University College, where he has taught English Composition, History, and Government courses in Asia for 20 years - in Guam, Japan, and Australia, with 15 of those years in South Korea. He received a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Wheeling University in 1966, and an M.A. in History from Duquesne University in 1968. He also completed two years of doctoral work in History at the University of Connecticut from 1968 to 1970. Subsequently, he received a B.S. in English from the State University of New York in 1990, and a permanent certificate to teach both English and Social Studies in grade 7-12 from the State of New York in 1991.
In 2008, he published his first book "The Youth and Maturity of Humanity: Interpreting American, Modern, and Impending Global History as One Story." The book is available online.
He introduced the Two Hands Approach in a preliminary form at the KOTESOL conference in Daegu, South Korea in October 2000.
Stephen D. Watson, M.Ed.
Stephen Watson has taught English at universities in Gumi, South Korea and Guangzhou, China for more than 9 years. Prior to that, he taught high school
mathematics in Canada, Tanzania, and Guyana. He also participated in the Arcosanti arcology project in Arizona, and he contributed to greenbelt afforestation in Tamil Nadu, India. He has B.Ed. and B.A. degrees from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. He completed his M.Ed. in Teaching Second Languages from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia in 2002.
He has written a children's book entitled "Moss, the Bike-Riding Mosquito," published in 2008 and available online.
He has also produced 3 musical CDs with songs. He plays guitars and sings all the songs on the 3 CDs, most of which were written by him. The 3 CDs are also available online under the following 3 titles: "in it for the long haul," "Peoples of the World - A New Day," and "Burst onto the Scene."
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