I enjoy teaching serious students in the areas of English, European and American Lit; basic writing with editing and proofreading assistance; English as a Second Language, and conversation and grammar - all levels; basic Brazilian Portuguese language and conversation; Intro Speech Communication including Interpersonal, Intercultural, Basic speech writing, ad and jingle writing, and basic nylon string guitar for singing self-accompaniment.
I'm kind of a diverse person with many interests that have made me pretty well-rounded I think. While I have masters degrees in English (Minors in Portuguese and Philosophy) from BYU and American Studies (Minor in Ethnic Studies) from UH.Manoa, I've had a of international experience too. I've traveled to the Orient for three months and Europe for two with BYU performing groups entertaining American troops. I've been an LDS missionary in Brazil for 2 1/2 years learning Portuguese. And I've lived for ten years in Hawaii, enjoying a most amazing intercultural experience with students from more than 30 different countries as an English and Religion teacher and administrator at BYU-Hawaii.
My musical interests started early with singing at age 14 in a vocal jazz quartet and also in my high school a cappella choir. After high school, I volunteered to serve my church in South Brazil. While there, I was asked to put together a missionary quartet, which traveled and sang popular songs in English, Portuguese and Spanish for eight months in two countries, appearing on national tv shows and radio programs. I learned basic guitar there while performing. Upon returning home and entering BYU, I sang in the a cappella choir, performed overseas as mentioned, and left school after finishing my MA in English to sing with The Lettermen, a top recording trio of their time. I did three albums with them, including several chart makers and a #1 hit in the Country, "Hurt So Bad". I love music of all kinds, jazz, country, classical - but I especially love those vocal jazz harmonies. I write music as well as a lot of other kinds of writing - children's book ideas, religious essays, humor and autobiography.
My style is to teach people, not subjects. I want to share as much as I can of what I know, but help my students to make connections with as much different knowledge as possible that helps them fill out the big picture. All knowledge is related but I don't believe in skimming the surface of one subject either, but plumbing it to whatever depth is important and makes sense, whether for academic reasons, business skills or just for personal enjoyment. I think any learning should be a journey in self discovery - "Man, know thyself!" said the Oracle at Delphi. I'm married 42 years and the father of eight kids, and eight grandkids. Hope to work together.
-Doug C I enjoy teaching serious students in the areas of English, European and American Lit; basic writing with editing and proofreading assistance; English as a Second Language, and conversation and grammar - all levels; basic Brazilian Portuguese language and conversation; Intro Speech Communication including Interpersonal, Intercultural, Basic speech