ERIC Number: ED213048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Group Tutorials: Teaching Students to Present Themselves in Writing.
Hunt, D. G.
Many college students, unaware of how their writing strikes others and unaccustomed to an audience of college teachers, try to write with sophistication or profundity with little success. These students need the experience of writing for an audience that talks back; one that is diverse, has a strong reason to be frank in its criticism and praise, includes the student whose paper is being examined so that he or she will also become a critical reader and learn to trust his or her judgment, and also includes a friendly but knowledgeable instructor. The best way to provide a student writer with such an audience is to divide the composition course into an equal number of classroom weeks and group tutorial weeks. In the tutorials, students meet in small groups with the instructor to discuss each participant's essay. Such an intense, intimate critique can drastically reduce the time required to solve the problems encountered in the essays. Confronted with a real audience, students become more conscious of their presentation of themselves, their world view and their ethos, and more thoughtful students often reveal and refine strong beliefs that underlie all their essays. The revision accomplished by this teaching method forces student writers to examine their writer's personae, and sometimes their day-to-day personalities, from a new perspective. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (33rd, San Francisco, CA, March 18-20, 1982).