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ERIC Number: ED019276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 11
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THE RELEVANCE OF RHETORIC TO COMPOSITION.
CORBETT, EDWARD P.J.
RHETORICIANS HAVE MAINTAINED THAT A SKILL IS ACQUIRED BY STUDYING THEORY, IMITATING THE ACTS OF OTHERS, AND PRACTICING REPEATEDLY. ALTHOUGH ALL THREE ACTIVITIES FALL WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE COMPOSITION COURSE, THEORY AND IMITATION, IN MOST INSTANCES, RECEIVE THE MOST CLASSROOM TIME. IDEALLY, THESE TWO SHOULD BE PRESENTED IN COMBINATION THROUGH A RHETORICAL APPROACH TO "COMPOSED TEXTS." RHETORIC IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COMPOSITION COURSE CAN BEST BE DEFINED AS "THE ART THAT GUIDES JUDICIOUS CHOICES OF AVAILABLE MEANS OF COMMUNICATING WITH AN AUDIENCE." THE PRACTICAL CONSEQUENCES OF THIS DEFINITION IMPLY THAT TEACHERS MUST HELP STUDENTS BECOME AWARE OF AVAILABLE MEANS--OF DISCOVERING SOMETHING TO SAY AND WAYS IN WHICH THEY CAN ORGANIZE THEIR KNOWLEDGE. FURTHERMORE, STUDENTS MUST HAVE A SET OF CRITERIA WITH WHICH TO MAKE INTELLIGENT AND WISE CHOICES FROM AMONG THE AVAILABLE SUBJECT MATTERS AND FORMS. THESE CRITERIA INVOLVE A CONCERN WITH THE TYPE OF DISCOURSE ONE IS COMPOSING, ITS SUBJECT MATTER, THE AUDIENCE, AND THE WRITER HIMSELF. LASTLY, TEACHERS OF RHETORIC MUST HELP STUDENTS BECOME AS AWARE OF THE EXTERNAL WORLD AS THEY ARE OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR DISCOURSE. WHEN THIS OCCURS, TEACHERS ARE NOT ONLY TRAINING STUDENTS IN RHETORIC, BUT ALSO GIVING THEM A LIBERAL EDUCATION. (THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE "KENTUCKY ENGLISH BULLETIN," VOL. 17 (1967-68), 3-12.) (MM)
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