Author: Kina Lara, Cengage English

Questia: One Thing You Need to Build Confident Writers

by Dr. Jenny Billings, Cengage Faculty Partner and Chair of ACA, DRE, and ENG and English Instructor at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Having taught Developmental Reading and English students, I’m deeply aware of the effects self-doubt can have on first-year writing students. Many of them come in feeling behind, lacking the confidence they require to be successful. Some students need their academic foundations built, or rebuilt, while others only need refreshers to get them on their way. I’ve found that Questia can help in either circumstance. It can serve as #JustOneThing to alleviate students’ worries and fears, especially Read More…


ConnectYard: My Favorite Feature in MindTap English

by Ginny Dow, Liberty University English Professor and Cengage Faculty Partner Students love connecting with friends and family on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. In fact, they are often more engaged on social media than they are in face-to-face encounters. How do we transfer that desire to engage into the classroom? I want my English students to be excited to learn literature. Far-fetched idea? Maybe, but my goal is that they find some literary work that they love, even if that is only one poem, short story or play throughout the whole semester. My #JustOneThing which enhances student Read More…


MindTap for English #JustOneThing: Just In Time Plus

Kina Lara, an adjunct English instructor at San Jacinto College, shares how incorporating Just In Time Plus has vastly improved students’ understanding in Freshman Composition. Course redesign initiatives in freshman composition are happening all across the country, with the co-requisite model being one of the most popular. These co-req courses come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: Comp I students are coming in at lower and more varying levels. In my Comp I (and even Comp II) courses at a two-year community college, I’ve seen this emerge over and over again as a common theme. Read More…


The Write Recipe: What’s Cooking with Cengage English

On October 20th and 21st, the Cengage Learning English Team hosted a professional development event in San Francisco for 15 English faculty members, Composition coordinators, department chairs, and writing program administrators from all across the country. We started off with a lovely welcome reception at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. The following morning, we brought our attendees to the San Francisco office for a full day of hands-on, peer-to-peer professional development sessions. George Miller, former US Congressman and current Cengage special education advisor, joined us for a fireside chat and Q&A session with instructors. He discussed how education was a Read More…