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ERIC Number: ED249766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Conceptual Paragraphs in EST Courses: A Practical Technique.
Drobnic, Karl
One portion of a course in English for Science and Technology (EST) designed for foreign nuclear engineers studying at Oregon State University dealt with the conceptual paragraph, considered a basic unit of discourse in EST. The conceptual paragraph is defined as a group of rhetorically related concepts developing a generalization to form a coherent and complete unit of discourse and consisting of one or more traditional physical paragraphs. Central to this construction is a core generalization from which the rest of the paragraph develops. The classroom implementation of this course was affected by two issues occurring frequently in EST instruction: the potential or presumed conflict of scientific content with humanities-based instruction, and the problem of selecting conceptually appropriate teaching materials. The materials for this portion of the course came from a government nuclear text and was used intact for this advanced level course. The lesson in conceptual paragraphing consists of a reading, discussion and analysis questions, exercises in definition, and a flowchart used by students to map out the development of a single concept through three physical paragraphs, a familiar process for the scientist students that aided them in grasping the conceptual unity of the text. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: English for Science and Technology; Oregon State University