ERIC Number: ED162324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Technology in the Teaching of Composition.
Briand, Paul L., Jr.
The use of technology in teaching composition, which has increased in recent years, began with a few filmstrips on grammar. Then slide-tape presentations were used to stimulate writing, and overhead projectors helped in evaluating writing in class. Now, videocassettes are used to record commonly repeated minilectures and minilessons on spelling, punctuation, and other topics. Also, an electronic typewriter hooked up to a television screen is available for use in teaching spelling and to emphasize particular words in a sentence or particular parts of a word. An improvement on this would be to add color, keyed to specific parts of speech, so that the function of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs could be easily demonstrated. Computer-assisted instruction is being used to analyze compositions in terms of spelling, punctuation, grammatical errors, and other mechanical aspects of writing. Also, a computer can count the frequency of various types of clauses, phrases, verbs, and sentences so that writers can discover ways to increase the variety in their writing. Such mechanical analyses free the instructor to discuss such matters as selection of topic, narrowing to thesis, organization and development, and usage and style. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)