ERIC Number: ED040990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
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How Optional Is the Language Component? The Language Component as the Chairman Sees It.
Allen, Harold B.; Worth, George J.
Harold Allen states that language study will become an integral component of the college English curriculum when English departments recognize that a professional knowledge of the nature and function of language, of current theoretical studies in it, and of the geographical, historical, and social variations in language is vital to understanding literature and written expression. He maintains that every college English curriculum should offer courses in (1) transformational generative grammar, which provides tools for the objective analyses of literary style, complex syntactic relationships, and language performance, (2) language usage, (3) the new rhetoric, (4) semantics, (5) lexicography and language history, and (6) American dialect patterns, relevant to both blacks and those from widely divergent geographical regions. Concurring with Allen's remarks, George Worth adds that language study should not be confined exclusively to the classroom nor encased in incomprehensible jargon in research laboratories, but should enrich every aspect of the students' verbal behavior. (JB)
Descriptors: College Language Programs, Curriculum Evaluation, English Curriculum, English Departments, Language Instruction, Language Role, Language Teachers, Language Usage, Lexicology, Linguistics, Literary Styles, Regional Dialects, Relevance (Education), Rhetoric, Semantics, Social Dialects, Syntax
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Note: Two speeches given at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Washington, D.C., November 1969