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ERIC Number: ED078423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 16
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The Teaching of Writing: An Invitation to Becoming.
Coles, William
This paper discusses a pilot program for a writing course taught by four teachers at Drexel University. One of the primary assumptions was that a course in writing was also one in language. The object of the course was to ask the students to become conscious of themselves as learners and writers and to attempt to discover the function of language in learning. The first assignment asked the students to speculate about the meaning of a college education and about what learning is. Another assignment asked the students to describe, from memory, the face of a telephone dial. When the students compared the actual dial to their descriptions, they found that learning is fundamentally not what we experience, but what we tell ourselves we have experienced--that learning is language"about" experience. The paper discusses subsequent theme assignments leading up to a final theme that asked the students to assess what they had learned about learning, language, and writing. The author concludes that the course was valuable because it left the students with an informed responsibility for their own education and gave them a chance "to belong to themselves." (DI)
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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)