Love of Language: Mark Twain

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1 Unit
Independent Study

Course Description

Re-experience the Beauty and Power of Language to Pass on to Your Students

Love of Language:  Mark Twain is designed to develop a literary appreciation for one of the most important - and most influential - of all American authors. In this course you will be guided by an audio course, published by the Recorded Book’s Modern Scholar, in a journey that begins by studying and reflecting on the language of Mark Twain and concludes with an independent writing, research or curriculum project.

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (K-12) who want to bridge the gap between the language needs of their students and their need to be lifelong learners with a passion for language and literature.

Required Materials: Course instructions will be available to you in your student account upon enrollment. You will also need to purchase or have access to the following:

  • The Life and Times of Mark Twain by Michael Shelden, available online at, available via, or check your local library to see if they have an audiobook download available
  • Device for listening to the above audio course (varies by selected format)
  • Access to the Internet

Available formats include (published by Recorded Book's Modern Scholar): CD or Audiocassette, Downloadable MP3 files and Playaway (a preloaded audio player).

ADA Accommodations:  Professional and Continuing Education is committed to promoting knowledge and academic excellence for all learners. The University of San Diego's Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center helps students with verified disabilities obtain meaningful academic accommodations and support to help improve access to Professional and Continuing Education programs and courses.  If you are a student who would like to be considered for academic accommodations, please visit USD's Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center's website and follow the instructions under Requesting Services.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDU-X719K – 010 Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled 1 $134

IS/Love of Language: Mark Twain

Start now, you have 270 days to complete this course once enrolled
Independent Study
Eric Ginsberg

Once you have enrolled in this course, you may access Course Instructions upon logging into your account.

What You Will Learn

  • Listen to an audio course during a commute, at the gym, or wherever else you may go
  • Examine and reflect upon some of the famous writings of Mark Twain
  • Enhance and expand your understanding and appreciation of the literary works of Mark Twain
  • Bridge the gap between the language needs of students and the need to be a lifelong learner
  • Explore personal interests related to Mark Twain's work
  • Develop curriculum inspired by course content


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