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Publication Date: 1968-Oct
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Controlled Rhetoric Frames.
English Language Teaching, v23 n1 Oct 1968
Presented and discussed are samples of controlled rhetoric frames, similar in appearance to composition frames but dissimilar in that they require very few arbitrary choices. A few of the required choices are strictly grammatical ones, but a great number of boxes contain grammatically, stylistically, and semantically disparate words and phrases which must be carefully selected or rejected on the basis of how successfully they contribute to the coherence, variety, precision, unity, and emphasis of the essay. The frames are used differently than controlled composition frames in that the primary goal is not to wean the students away from the frames but rather to teach them as many ways as possible of dealing rhetorically with similar content. Frames can be presented several times, the students being required to change their thesis each time it is presented, and with it many parts of their essay. Because these frames, like composition frames, control the grammatical choices of the students, they afford an excellent opportunity for the instructor to emphasize rhetorical problems which are often obscured when students must struggle for correct grammar. The main principles of rhetoric may be taught very efficiently, it is suggested, preparing the students for more advanced work (essays, reports, research papers, and examinations) in English-speaking schools. (AMM)
Descriptors: Advanced Students, English (Second Language), Language Instruction, Language Patterns, Rhetoric, Writing (Composition), Writing Skills
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