PhD student Ryan Coogan on Teaching at Southern Connecticut State University

PhD student Ryan Coogan on Teaching at Southern Connecticut State University

From August to December 2017, LJMU English PhD student Ryan Coogan spent a semester teaching and researching at LJMU's transatlantic partner Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Ryan's thesis focusses upon the work of five key 20th century artists who are primarily known as poets, but have also worked extensively in other forms of media. In Southern's Professor Charles Baraw, who visited the LJMU English department last year, he found a fellow fan of the work of Susan Howe, and together they collaborated on the design of some challenging material and assignments as part of the 2017/18 version of Professor Baraw's 'Contemporary American Poetry' module.  Work and study abroad adds a highly competitive edge to any cv, and the unique relationship between Southern and LJMU has been established to ensure as many of our students as possible can gain that international advantage. At LJMU's 2017 Teaching and Learning Conference, Ryan, Professor Baraw, and Alice Ferrebe (Subject Leader for LJMU English) co-presented on...
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SCSU’s Professor Brian Johnson gives Poetry Reading at LJMU

SCSU’s Professor Brian Johnson gives Poetry Reading at LJMU

Last Wednesday night, as the sun set (really rather poetically) over the Mersey, Professor Brian Johnson from LJMU's transatlantic partner Southern Connecticut State University gave a reading of his poetry to staff and students. Professor Johnson currently teaches composition, creative writing, and modern literature at Southern, and is the author of Torch Lake and Other Poems (a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award), and Site Visits, a collaborative work with the German painter Burghard Müller-Dannhausen. During his week-long visit to LJMU, Professor Johnson also observed a variety of classes on the English programme, as well as leading a poetry masterclass for final-year Creative Writing students. He gave a paper on the Site Visits project to the Research Centre of Literature and Cultural History. LJMU English and Creative Writing are exploring a range of exciting opportunities for our students with Southern Connecticut State University. We'll both be welcoming Study Abroad students from our sister institutions next year, and are working towards a programme of staff exchanges that will give all our students the chance...
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LJMU English Welcomes Colleague from Transatlantic Partner Southern Connecticut State

LJMU English Welcomes Colleague from Transatlantic Partner Southern Connecticut State

Next week, LJMU English will be hosting a visit from Professor Brian Johnson of Southern Connecticut State University. LJMU has a unique 'transatlantic alliance' with 'Southern' (as it's known to its staff and students). We have an English Major from Southern studying with us this semester, plus a number of students on our English programme have applied to Study Abroad there next year, and are anxiously waiting to hear if their applications have been successful. Professor Johnson currently teaches composition, creative writing, and modern literature at Southern. He is the author of Torch Lake and Other Poems (a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award), and Site Visits, a collaborative work with the German painter Burghard Müller-Dannhausen. Whilst at LJMU he will give a paper on the Site Visits project to the Research Centre of Literature and Cultural History, and a Poetry Reading on Wednesday 15th March at 5.30pm in Redmonds 523: all are very welcome. As well as observing a number of classes...
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Studying English: From Southern to LJMU

Studying English: From Southern to LJMU

Tyler Korponai is a English major at Southern Connecticut State University, LJMU's transatlantic partner. He is studying on the English programme this semester. Here, he shares his advice to Southern students planning to study English abroad at LJMU.  As a Southern Connecticut State University student investigating the English program at Liverpool John Moores University, there are some distinctions between these two universities’ programs of which you should be conscious. Before beginning classes it would be to your benefit to prepare yourself for a different orientation and style of teaching. You should attempt to contact lecturers, who are akin to professors, module leaders, who are essentially directors of an individual course and communicate with lecturers, and finally your Learning Technology Officer, who would be in charge of connecting you electronically with faculty on Blackboard. If all has been done properly before your departure, the names of your modules, lecturers, and at least one contact in the English department should be in your possession. Being connected early...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Taylor’s Tips

Study Abroad at SCSU: Taylor’s Tips

LJMU English intern Jessica Rimmer met SCSU student, Taylor Bird, to share her experience of studying abroad, and get her advice to students who are considering crossing the Atlantic in the other direction. Taylor spent one month studying French in Paris and stayed in a French University for the duration of her trip. When I asked about her highlight of the experience, Taylor revealed that, 'you make connections with people and you get to form strong relationships which result in lifelong friendships. One of the people that I'm now working with is a friend I met in Paris and we're still really close, we live together'. Taylor went on to offer some brilliant advice to students who are considering studying abroad in the future. She said: 'My advice is definitely do it! Whether you're just thinking about it or having doubts, just figure it out later - make it happen. Also, don't be afraid to do new things whilst you're abroad because that's one...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Getting around in New Haven – What do you do without a car?

Study Abroad at SCSU: Getting around in New Haven – What do you do without a car?

So - you're an LJMU student, studying abroad at SCSU, and unlike practically every American friend you meet, you (whisper it, for shame) don't have a car. LJMU English intern Jessica Rimmer is here to help. One wonderful attribute of SCSU is the proximity of its beautiful campus to a town packed full of culture and entertainment, and with the FREE services offered to students of SCSU, getting around New Haven without a car has actually never been easier. U-Pass The U-Pass is a transportation pass for Southern students, that is valid for unlimited trips during the semester, on all CTTransit local buses. Therefore, the U-Pass gives you travel freedom with no out-of-pocket expense! As an enrolled student of SCSU you are eligible to receive a complimentary U-Pass, from the Hoot Loot card office located in the Wintergreen Building, 112. To use your U-Pass you just show the driver your SCSU Hoot Loot ID Card when boarding the bus and insert the pass, with the arrow...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: Exploring the Campus

Study Abroad at SCSU: Exploring the Campus

Signed up to study at SCSU? Isobel Currie will be your campus tour guide today... Southern Connecticut State University, or just 'Southern' to its students and staff, was founded in 1893 as a teaching college, and in 1937 it became the New Haven State Teachers' College. In the spring of 1953 it moved from Howe Street to its present 168-acre site on Crescent Street, and began a period of huge growth and diversification. Southern expanded into general education in 1959, and then became Southern Connecticut State College. Today they have approximately 11,500 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students. Now of course, the best way to get acquainted with the Southern campus is to show up and have a walk around. Pictures can give you an idea, but it's so much better to go and discover everything when you get there. Southern invests a lot in its campus, which has recently acquired a new School of Business, three new parking garages, a new residence hall complex,...
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Study Abroad at SCSU: New Haven’s (Serious) Pizza

Study Abroad at SCSU: New Haven’s (Serious) Pizza

You say Pizza, they say Apizza…: The foundation of the food scene in New Haven is Apizza: I'm told this is the local dialect of saying pizza. I'm not quite sure what the difference is, but you're probably okay just calling it as it is. Everybody will tell you that there are 4 pizza places you cannot leave New Haven without trying: Modern: Thin base, big crust. Large is huge. Try a white pie with clams ( it's a New Haven tradition). Less wow-factor, more traditional. Definitely feels like a classic spot to come with a group of friends and share a couple of large pizza's. Bar: The crust is fairly non-existent in the best way possible. It's all basic flavours and less dough. Order large and they come in squares to share, definitely big enough to fill the most rumbling stomach. This place offers mashed potato on pizza. Depending on who you are that could either sound disgusting or like a...
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Study Abroad at LJMU: Your British grades and how to understand them

Study Abroad at LJMU: Your British grades and how to understand them

The main message here is simple: don't panic! Jessica Rimmer guides you through the ways in which the grades you get at LJMU will differ from those at Southern.  The expression of marks and grades differ greatly between the US and the UK. As percentage values don't carry the same grade weight on both sides of the Atlantic, marks in the UK are generally lower. Therefore, receiving marks in the 60 - 70 percentage range is no reason to despair, as this is considered the threshold for strong work in the UK. Another UK grading difference is the way in which results are characterised, as GPAs don't exist over here. Instead, students receive a mean mark for each year of their studies, and results are ultimately categorised into final degree classifications such as 'first class', 'upper second', 'lower second', 'third' etc. In order to aid your understanding of these seemingly incomprehensible differences in grading, please consult the 'UK/US grading system conversion chart'...
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Study Abroad at LJMU: Welcome to Liverpool!

Study Abroad at LJMU: Welcome to Liverpool!

Want to know how to spend your free time in Liverpool whilst studying at LJMU? Ask a local. Isobel Currie lets you in on her favourite places to visit... Liverpool is a vibrant city with so much to do and see. The city revolves around its nightlife, so there are options for different types of people and very different nights. I'd say my favourite is Seel Street, as the bars here have something for everyone - R&B, Soul, House and Pop music. Victoria Street offers some of the best clubs and gets very busy on a Saturday night. Liverpool is home to two huge football (soccer) teams, Liverpool FC and Everton FC. They both have stadiums in Anfield and Everton that you can take tours of or try their websites for game tickets. The derby in which the two teams play against each other really divides the city for the day. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that Liverpool is also the birthplace...
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Study Abroad at LJMU: The British Classroom

Study Abroad at LJMU: The British Classroom

LJMU English intern Isobel Currie tells you what to expect in classes at LJMU.  The average university day at LJMU differs massively from that at Southern. If you're studying on the English programme, for example, each of your modules will usually be timetabled for three hours per week. Usually, you'll start with a lecture for 50 minutes with 10 minutes break at the end. (Science programmes have a different schedule.) Lectures tend to be a single tutor speaking at the front of an auditorium to all the students registered on that module (this can be up to around 200 students). Generally students don't contribute to lectures, unless called upon by the tutor. Tutors also often make announcements before or after the session - regarding events, room changes etc.  Seminars are usually straight after lectures, and run for an hour and half to two hours, depending on the subject, the tutor and the contributions from you and your fellow classmates. They will feel more familiar to you, as they work in a...
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LJMU, Meet SCSU: Working in the USA Internship Project

LJMU, Meet SCSU: Working in the USA Internship Project

On 12th July, three LJMU English students on the second year module 'Working in the USA' - Isobel Currie, Rupert French and Jessica Rimmer - travelled to New Haven, Connecticut to begin a three week internship project at Southern Connecticut State University. Part-funded by LJMU's Curriculum Enhancement Project and the International Office, they are going to produce a range of online resources for students considering taking advantage of the 'transatlantic alliance' between LJMU and SCSU (or 'Southern' as it's known to its students and staff) that should allow hundreds of students to experience life and study on the opposite Atlantic coast in the next few years. Alice Ferrebe, the Head of English, who arranged the internships and travelled out with the interns, said, 'This is a really exciting new development - for LJMU, in its alliance with Southern, and for our long-running "Working in the USA" module. We hope that in the future lots of students who have always dreamed of...
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