AP English Language and Composition
Master Teacher: Erin Brown Conroy, MA
Erin Brown Conroy, MA
MA, Western Michigan University
Erin Brown Conroy is a professional writer who has taught composition and research for the Patrick Henry College Distance Learning program since 2007. She has authored five books (including Simplified Writing 101: Top Secrets to College Success) and published numerous materials regarding mastery education, parenting, and healthy living. Before teaching for Patrick Henry College, Professor Brown Conroy taught research, composition, leadership, and strategic management for nine years with Cornerstone University’s Professional and Graduate Studies Division, both online and in the classroom for associate, bachelor, and master’s students.
In addition to freelance copy editing, website text writing, and marketing/social media writing, for 18 years, Professor Brown Conroy has created curricula in academic and fiction writing, research, reading and spelling, study skills and school success, and American Sign Language. Professor Brown Conroy continues to write both nonfiction and fiction books, has coached fiction writers for ten years, and is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the American Christian Fiction Writers Association (ACFW), and Romance Writers of America (RWA).
Professor Brown Conroy and her husband, Shawn, are parents of 13 children by birth, marriage, and adoption and live in Michigan, where they homeschool their four school-aged children still living at home.
BA, Patrick Henry College
Through her studies, she has come to further appreciate capturing the beauty of transcendent truth through the written word. Prior to studying on campus in the fall of 2007, she spent two years in PHC’s Campus @ Home distance learning program, completing most of her required core courses online. Because of her experience as a distance-learning student, she is cognizant of the delight and challenge involved in replicating a “classroom” environment online.
EdD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Shane Baker is a recent graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with an Ed.D. in Christian Education. He earned a B.S. in Education from Athens State University, Athens, AL in 1997 and taught English in the public school system for three years. After teaching in the public classroom, Shane served as the Director of Financial Aid for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary for seven years while earning both the M.Div and Th.M. He currently serves Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary as the Registrar and serves as an Assistant Pastor at a local church.
Shane’s studies and working in the theological education community for the past twelve years have provided him with various experiences and insight in understanding a Christian worldview. His passion is to serve as an educator in an administrative role while teaching. Shane’s focus in the classroom is to help students learn through writing, no matter the subject.
Shane resides with his family in rural North Carolina. During his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar, watching movies, reading, and studying.
Stephanie Johnson, MA
MA, Liberty University
After her graduate studies, she continued teaching English courses at Liberty and also worked in the library, offering academic research assistance. Having relocated from the Shenandoah Valley to the hills of Northern Virginia, Stephanie continues to teach students how to discover key truths through the written word and, ultimately, how to effectively convey Truth through their own writing.
Stephanie and her husband, Doug, serve as youth leaders at their local church. During her free time, you may find Stephanie devouring any of the following: contemporary short fiction, witty poetry, or mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Jenni VanCuren, MA
MA, George Mason University
In addition to teaching, Jenni works heavily with Lord Fairfax Community College’s Writing Center, in Virginia, having developed a website full of resources, including an online tutoring submission and a self-assessment quiz. She also enjoys combining disciplines and exploring the variances of writing, once joining forces with a psychology professor to develop and to teach “The Psychology of Edgar Allan Poe” at her college. Additionally, she mentors honors students as an advisor in the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.
When she is not working with students, Jenni delights in reading classics and mysteries, writing her own characters, enjoying time with family and friends, and watching football games and competitive cooking shows on Food Network.
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks)
Please Note: Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a PHC Prep Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience. All sessions will also be recorded for later viewing. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.
Books and Materials
View the AP English Language and Composition Booklist from the 2013–14 academic year.
Please be aware that the books and materials used during the 2014–15 academic year may not be identical to those used in 2013–14. The final booklist for the 2014–15 AP English Language and Composition course is not yet available.
The core of the English Language and Composition course is writing and reading for analysis, synthesis, and argument. Through immersion in a variety of sources, students will learn:
The purpose of the course is to acquire college-level rhetoric and composition skills for clear, effective writing, including:
Course activities will focus on:
Am I Ready for this AP Course?
This is a rigorous, college-level course. To succeed, students should already have strong reading and writing skills. PHC Prep recommends that students complete at least one high school English course at an advanced or honors level before enrolling. Please visit the College Board’s AP English Language and Composition page for more information about the material and skills students will study in the course and will need to master for the AP exam in this subject.
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