Kimberly Van Es, M.A.
Lecturer in English
M.A., University of Iowa
B.A., Dordt College
Kim Van Es coordinates the English teaching major at Northwestern. She specializes in the teaching of writing and grammar. Recently she completed a research project on the beliefs, attitudes and practices of secondary English teachers in Northwest Iowa. She is one of the few Northwestern professors who grew up in northwest Iowa; therefore, she enjoys the stories of Sioux County citizens and regularly presents "The Newkirk Store and Other Stories." In 2013, she received Northwestern's first Faculty Inspirational Service Award, given for going above and beyond expectations, personifying a strong Christian commitment, and serving as an inspiration to the campus community.
- Teaching Literature to Adolescents
Teaching Literature to Adolescents A study of and practice in the teaching of literature, especially literature appropriate for young adults, with the goal of preparing students to teach English in junior high and high school. Topics: selecting literature, eliciting response, oral interpretation, integrating the language arts, and assessment. Prerequisite: ENG220. ENG292 is also recommended. (2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
- Grammar in the Classroom
Grammar in the Classroom Most middle schools and high schools expect their English teachers to teach writing and grammar. What are the goals of teaching grammar? What grammar should young writers know? This course takes a rhetorical approach to the study of grammar and to its use in the teaching of writing. Prerequisite: ENG184 and sophomore standing. (2 credits)
- Introduction to Christian Liberal Arts
Introduction to Christian Liberal Arts In ICLA, the student will learn to recognize a Christian academic community that starkly contrasts from high school. We will represent the Christian liberal arts as a lived profession, discussing the ideal qualities of its members: the critical, active mind; thoughtful communication; and displaying a rigor in subjecting their scholarship to the demands of the cross, while examining the cross under the light of their academic work.(2 credits)
- Professor Van Es has taught at the high school and college level for 20 years. She has also written for the Write Source Company and served as a copy editor for 12 books.
- National Council of Teachers of English
- Iowa Council of Teachers of English