ERIC Number: ED246415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Writing as Action: Using Speech Act Theory in the Composition Classroom.
Speech act theory jargon has several advantages over the traditional composition jargon. First, it is new and therefore potentially exciting. Its newness means that all students have an equal chance at it and need not feel that because they failed to understand a term presented in high school, that notion is forever lost to them. Second, jargon is fun. It creates an in-group of the informed, a comfortable place to be, especially for a student writer. A final advantage is that speech act theory terms can be clearly defined and demonstrated in ways the student understands. Speech act theory begins to systemize the exploration of the rhetorical transaction between speaker and hearer; it makes this transaction more intelligble and, therefore, more teachable. (CRH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Fall Conference of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English (14th, Arlington, VA, October 7-9, 1983).