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Dr. David L. James

Oakland Community College

English Department

27055 Orchard Lake Road

Farmington Hills, MI 48334


Phone: (248) 522-3685                       E-mail: dljames@oaklandcc.edu


            My Syllabi Winter 2013








  English 1520    My Background    






  English 2780   My Publications    


English 2800 

English 2820





The Muse Looks for a Poet




A Leap of Faith



(a one-act play)



Teaching Philosophy:

 My goal is to create a learning classroom, along with a set of expectations and activities, that helps students want to work and write and read.  I prefer to use mini-lectures, in-class writing, group work, and class discussion to provide information.  Research has shown that students who ‘discover’ knowledge through questioning, practicing, reading, and discussing learn more effectively. 

I start every class with this premise: all students have the ability to succeed, given enough personal motivation and commitment to learning.


 at school

I raised my hand to answer a question

& my arm flipped right off

thudding on Becky Dozer’s desk behind me

wrong answer, I thought

Becky simply brushed the arm

to the floor


Mikey O’Brien was called on

by the teacher & when he started to talk

his voice disappeared, silence, nada,

completely gone

we looked down his throat

to find his vocal cords

ripped out


Bob the Bruiser was summoned

to the chalkboard for math drills

but both legs broke off

as soon as he stood up

we lifted his torso back

to the seat as Becky kicked

his legs under the desk


the teacher rubbed her chin & frowned

you know, she said, education

is not always easy

you have to give up one thing

to take in another

sometimes you have to make sacrifices

she said, now, who wants to be the first

                to cut out

                         the heart of a frog


David James


Last Updated 1/18/2012 by Joe O'Loughlin ( jaolough@oaklandcc.edu )


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