ERIC Number: ED029037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Preparation in Composition. NCTE/ERIC Studies in the Teaching of English.
Smith, Eugene H.
This assessment of the current state of preparation of teachers of composition points out deficiencies in programs and suggests ways to improve them. It defines composition as both oral and written discourse; describes the actual job of teaching composition; defends John Dixon's thesis that experience should be the focus for teaching composition; briefly reviews typical preservice programs for teachers of composition; critiques freshman and advanced composition courses, speech courses, and English methods courses; discusses the possible influence of the English profession as it is exemplified in the "Guidelines for the Preparation of Teachers of English--1968"; and presents an exemplary program of preparation for the teaching of composition, with the suggestion that four competencies be developed--literacy (or performance with language), pedagogy, knowledge of rhetoric and linguistics, and knowledge of psychology and philosophy of language. (JB)
Descriptors: College Instruction, Creative Writing, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, English Instruction, Experience, Preservice Teacher Education, Rhetoric, Secondary Education, Speech Communication, Speech Skills, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition), Writing Skills
National Council of Teachers of English, 508 South Sixth Street, Champaign, Ill. 61820 (Stock No. 21023, $1.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL. ERIC Clearinghouse on the Teaching of English.