ERIC Number: ED061206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Innovations in English Education: Variations on What Theme?
Redd, Virginia P.
Kentucky English Bulletin, v21 n2 p6-21 Winter 1972
The basic themes that polarize English educators today are discussed, and the province of the English teacher and the English curriculum is defined. The three basic themes that have polarized authorities are in English education much the same as in all other areas. Is the purpose of teaching English (1) to impart useful skills, (2) to encourage intellectual pursuits, or (3) to guide the individual toward self-discovery and self-realization? Five essentials for preparing English teachers are proposed: (1) A realistic balance of courses in literature, language, and in speech and writing; (2) At least one course in the history and development of language; (3) A minimum of two courses in the structure of English, exploring and comparing the various grammars of English; (4) Not less than two courses in the teaching of reading, including diagnostic and remedial techniques as well as approaches to developmental reading; and (5) A more realistic program for professional preparation in which the emphasis would be on field work where theory and practice are combined. The province of the English teacher and the English curriculum is defined as: (1) to provide through literature enlightening experiences; (2) to approach the teaching of language with the surety that diversity is the rule in language usage; (3) to help the student perceive speaking and writing as conversation with an audience; and (4) to view the teacher's role as enabling the student to develop his own generalizations and values. (DB)
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Note: Address delivered at KCTE Fall Meeting, Lexington, November 1971