Helping students achieve fluency in the English language, whether verbal, visual, or multi-modal, is a complex undertaking, as Professor of English Education and former Department Chair Roy Fox knows very well. Dr. Fox is a long-time advocate of using visual media to foster language fluency. Media literacy has been an important subject in both his classrooms and his research. Recently, he has been employing even more unconventional methods of teaching and continuously expanding the field of English Education and literacy.
Dr. Fox discusses what drew him to the field of English Education, and how he has worked to help teachers rediscover their passion for the work they do in and out of the classroom.
Dr. Fox challenges his students to consider what they don’t and can’t know, rather than always searching for the mythical “the one right answer.” By discussing what is difficult about a given reading, students often learn much more about themselves and the subject matter.