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ERIC Number: ED077005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 12
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ENGLISH in the Context of Survival: Changes Before It Is Too 1990.
Reynolds, Jerry
The uncertainties and issues in our society are not peripheral to but intrinsically a part of English, the author of this paper argues, and more alternatives in English are required to accommodate the diversity of life styles and value systems among students. If the English curriculum cannot grapple with these forces, then it deserves to be absorbed by other components of the curriculum. The most significant change in the subject-matter which will help insure the survival of English is the focus upon the learner in the learning process. The role of the teacher should become that of facilitating the learning process as a resource person rather than as a dispenser of facts. The focus of language instruction should rest with what the child can do with language since it exists within the student's power to create, rather than with following the textbook mechanically, chapter by chapter. Options must be broadened to include oral language and film experiences, open classrooms, and a sincere humanization of pedagogical approaches. Caution needs to be exercised so these innovations don't become the means for teachers to keep at "legitimate" distances from students. The needs and concerns of the students must be considered, and teachers must try to be human beings first and teachers second. (HS)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (62nd, Minneapolis, November 23-25, 1972)