ERIC Number: ED234423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Expanding Students' Ability to Understand and Use Words.
Ching, Marvin K. L.
Most freshman composition textbooks are inadequate in giving information to students on how to interpret dictionaries: instead of presenting them as aids in exploring word usage, textbooks foster a naive trust in dictionaries as arbiters of all usage questions. Rather than treating words as discrete items to be mastered without knowledge of underlying word relationships, vocabulary lessons in freshman textbooks need to investigate (1) differences among dictionaries, (2) derivational morphology--how roots and affixes combine to produce meaning, (3) semantic differentiation, (4) denotation and connotation of various affixes, (5) similarities of word roots, (6) word etymology, and (7) new word generation through compounding. Students above the basic writing level should have a clearer picture of how words develop and of how they change in acceptability, form, meaning, and use. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Freshman Composition
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (34th, Detroit, MI, March 17-19, 1983).