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Paul Merluzzo

Associate Professor

pmerluzzo@jwu.edu

Alma Maters: Alliant International University (USIU) MA TESOL, Emerson College, BFA
Classes Taught: various ESL classes, ENG 1030, ENG 1020, ENG 1021, Intro to The Art of Film
Countries Traveled To: England, France, Mexico, Italy
Companies Worked For: GlendaleCC, LATTCC, UCLA, Brown, CCRI, J&W, CSDVESL, MOCA Miami, LA MusicCenter
What is your style of teaching?
Hyperbolic parables of cynical optimism related to English and personal experience
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Student-generated works and various visual media
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Interviewing a stranger and producing an intimate portrait of a human being
When grading a student, what do you look for?
A depth of thought and/or feeling and the ability to express it
What kind of student would love your class?
Any students willing to rediscover themselves and redefine their relations to others
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Learn to become more human - this life may be your only chance.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Human Frailty as it pertains to English
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Leading a protest that saved ESL classes in the 9 LA Community Colleges, thereby providing opportunity for hundreds of thousands of students
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
Learning to paint
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
Be prepared for a wild ride!

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