ERIC Number: ED203313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May-8
Reference Count: 0
Senior Citizens and Junior Writers--A Center for Exchange: Retired Professionals as Writing Laboratory Tutors for Students Enrolled in Upper-Level Pre-Professional University Writing Courses.
Kleimann, Susan; Meyers, G. Douglas
The writing center at a Maryland university prepares third-year students for nonacademic, preprofessional writing by using retired professionals as tutors. These tutors are trained by discussing readings centered around the Aristotelean schema of ethos, logos, and pathos and the more recent conception of writing as a problem-solving process. The tutors establish a context for conversation on a one-to-one basis and, through questioning, try to enable the students to understand inductively the nature of the language they have reproduced. The tutors bring their experience in the "real" world--the nonacademic world--to bear on the students' writing. Through on-the-job experience, they have encountered nonacademic writing in its worst and best forms; thus they are able to refine the students' conception of audience and to counter stilted prose by pointing out jargon, awkwardness, and obfuscation. For the students, the tutors possess more authenticity, forcefulness, and objectivity. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Laboratories
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Writing Centers Association (3rd, Clarion, PA, May 8, 1981).