ERIC Number: ED198734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Ethnocentrism and Teaching Writing to Foreign Students.
The rhetoric teacher's aim is to make the native English speaker cognizant of the thought processes he or she has been taught to use by the culture. This approach does not work with foreign students because perception, imputation of meaning, and construction of reality appear to be bound by the logic and grammar of the language we speak. The following steps are suggested for teaching expository writing to speakers of other languages in college English courses: (1) show the foreign student how the American English speaker's culture trains readers to react in particular ways to written texts; (2) encourage the students to become aware of differences in expectations in their own culture; and (3) require revisions, that is, rephrasing of sentences or restructuring of paragraphs to clarify content. It is proposed that the key to the problem lies in the recognition that cultural differences exist in all levels of communication, especially the written text, and that these differences should not be explored in terms of better or worse, but in terms of effective or ineffective for a particular audience in a particular setting. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rhetoric Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (10th, March 22-24, 1979).