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Matthew Annis

Lecturer

Department of Liberal Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Matthew Annis

Lecturer

Department of Liberal Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Bio

Education

B.A., English, University of Rochester

M.A., Humanities and Social Thought, New York University

M.S., Deaf Education, Rochester Institute of Technology

Biography

  • Rochester native. Grandparents were experts of the Rochester Method. Parents met through NTID (SVP '73). NTID alumni '14.
  • Taught middle school and high school at the Indiana School for the Deaf.
  • Passionate about critical thinking, creative expression, and helping students succeed.
  • Theater geek

Fun fact about me: I have a chihuahua who likes to sit on my shoulder while I drive!

Selected Publications

Annis, M. H. (2007). The Fisher King. The Camelot Project.  https://d.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/text/annis-the-fisher-king-essay-and-bibliography

Currently Teaching

NENG-112
3 Credits
This is the first course in a two-course developmental English language sequence at the second level offered at NTID in which students work on reading and writing skills necessary for AOS programs at NTID. General topics in science and humanities provide the context in which students review the basic constituents of English sentences, begin to develop skills for comprehending and using complex sentence elements, increase their English content word vocabulary to about 5000 words, learn to use independent reading strategies, and develop skills for writing paragraphs and longer compositions. Upon successful completion of this course, students will continue their reading and writing skill development in Intermediate Reading & Writing II (NENG-113).
NENG-113
3 Credits
This is the second course in a two-course developmental English language sequence at the second level offered at NTID for students who have completed Intermediate Reading & Writing I. Students continue to work on reading and writing skills necessary for AOS programs at NTID. General topics in science and humanities provide the context in which students use the skills included in Intermediate Reading & Writing I, develop skills for comprehending and using additional complex English sentence elements, increase their content word vocabulary to about 6000 words, begin to evaluate reading tasks to select appropriate reading strategies, and expand their skills for writing paragraphs and longer compositions. Upon successful completion of this course, AOS students will continue their reading and writing skill development in Career English courses.
NENG-222
3 Credits
This second course in the four-course intensive English sequence continues to strengthen students’ reading comprehension skills and world knowledge, with an added emphasis on critical reading, thinking, and writing. Readings will include nonfiction, fiction, and theme-based articles from library databases. Students identify and examine an author’s purpose and tone, bias, assumptions, opinions, facts, examples, evidence, patterns of organization, and audience. Students also develop inference and deduction skills while learning to recognize and avoid overgeneralization and oversimplification in their writing. This course, which follows a specific theme, includes a short novel or novelette— fiction or non-fiction—as part of the required reading. In order to continue their reading and writing skill development in Bridge to College English(NENG-231) and Bridge to College English(NENG-232) students must complete this course and co-requisite Analytical Reading and Writing I (NENG-221) with grades of “C-” or better. (NTID Reading Test score 98-124 and NTID Writing Test score 50-59; or by department permission.
NENG-231
3 Credits
This is the first of two Bridge to College courses that also serve as the final two courses in the four-course intensive English sequence. This course exposes students to a variety of reading material, including nonfiction, fiction, and theme-based articles from library databases. It includes a reading of a full-length novel, either fiction or non-fiction, and it offers strategies for reading comprehension and interpretation beyond prior courses where applicable. Students will engage in a variety of writing activities related to the readings. Vocabulary is taught both incidentally as it appears in readings and formally using a vocabulary text. In order to qualify for testing and placement in Written Communication (NENG-241), Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT-100) or First Year Writing: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150) students must complete this course and co-requisite Bridge to College English II (NENG-232) with grades of “C-” or better. (NENG-221 and NENG-222 with grades of C- or better, or NTID Reading Test score 125-144 and NTID Writing Test score 60 or greater.
NENG-232
3 Credits
This is the second of two designated Bridge to College English courses that also serve as the final two courses in the four-course intensive English sequence: This course provides advanced instruction on expository writing with a focus on refining writing skills introduced in earlier courses where applicable. This course also provides instruction on responding to multiple-part writing prompts. Students taking this as a stand-alone course will use readings from textbooks and online and database sources as the basis for their writing. The course provides further instruction in integrating sources into writing. Some writing assignments may be managed through journal entries. In order to qualify for testing and placement in Written Communication (NENG-241), Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT-100) or First Year Writing: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150) students must complete this course and co-requisite Bridge to College English I (NENG-231) with grades of “C-” or better. (NENG-221 and NENG-222 with grades of C- or better or NTID Reading Test score 136-144 and NTID Writing Test score 60 or greater) .