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Meet Your Instructor

Lucinda Wells, College ReadinessFaculty photo

Hello everyone! As your ENGL 0090 instructor, I am looking forward to working with you this semester.

My teaching philosophy is based in maintaining a respectful and caring relationship between teacher and student. I strive to guide you in creating your best academic work, and your success as a student is based on how well you apply yourself to each lesson and practice in the course. If or when you don’t understand a concept or set of instructions, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can provide as much additional help and guidance as you’d like. In addition, please remember to use South Central College’s support materials as well as the tutors in both campuses’ Academic Support Center.

Here is some information about my own academic career: I first attended Oberlin College and Music Conservatory in Ohio where I studied vocal performance and anthropology. After my freshman year at Oberlin, I then transferred to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  As a first-semester senior at St. Olaf, I went on a Far East semester, led by St. Olaf professors and professors at Taipei and Chiangmai Universities. Our group studied Chinese and Thai languages; Buddhism and meditation; and Far Eastern art history and literature.  
After graduating from St. Olaf, I traveled through Europe for a few years before enrolling in graduate school at the University of Minnesota. At the U of M, I earned a Master’s of Arts (M.A.) in Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language (the graduate program’s name at that time. While taking graduate classes, I taught ESL classes in reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills; I also tutored international graduate student T.A.’s in pronunciation and teaching skills. To complete my M.A., I wrote my master’s thesis in Teaching ESL through Literature, created the course, and taught this course at the U of M several times. I’ve also taken several graduate credits from Minnesota State University Mankato in literature, composition/rhetoric, grammar, and phonology.

After studying and teaching at the University of Minnesota, I taught composition, grammar, and ESL multi-skills classes for several metro area colleges, such as Century College, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Inver Hills Community College, and Metropolitan State University. I’ve also taught for Ridgewater College, RCTC in Rochester, and coordinated tutoring at the Franklin Learning Library on the corner of Franklin and Chicago in Minneapolis. I’ve enjoyed teaching a range of topics throughout my 30 years of teaching, including ELL classes in pronunciation, writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills; college composition; adult and young adult literature and film; reading and study skills; creative and research writing; now focusing on developmental writing and grammar.

For fun, I spend time with family, friends, sing jazz and opera, practice cello, read novels (when student essays aren’t calling my name!), hike, run, travel, study languages, and work on my house built in 1903 and its gardens. I finally was able to get back to these last activities in July after breaking my foot in March. Here’s the moral to that story: never wear socks and step up on a slippery chair to change a kitchen lightbulb.  Here’s a great semester together!

Phone: 507-332-5807
E-mail: Lucinda.Wells@southcentral.edu

South Central Online Courses:

  • Reading & Critical Thinking II