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ERIC Number: ED053121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May-1
Pages: 15
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Old Wine in New Bottles: Restoring Balance to the Teaching of Composition.
Curzon, Gordon A.
A new look at the teaching of English composition is needed. The emotional approach must be substituted by a thinking philosophy. The problem is to restore the proper balance between medium and message, form and content, potency and act, abstract and concrete, connotation and denotation. This involves the restoration of reason to its rightful place. Ways in which man thinks, knows, and communicates are probed. It is concluded that: (1) Man is a unique composite of body and spirit; (2) Man knows, by perceiving the world with his five senses, and through his intellect considers his sensual impressions and abstracts from them ideas, or meanings to which he gives names, or words; (3) Man communicates these ideas by speaking or writing. This is a verbalizing activity and is also an intellectual one aimed at the transmittal of meaning from one human being to another. This is the heart of the teaching-learning process, a process that must be implemented in English composition classes. (CK)
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Note: Speech given at the Annual Chancellor's Conference on English Composition (5th, University of California, Riverside, May 1, 1971)