ERIC Number: ED082201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1966-Sep
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What Is English, Working Party Paper No. 1; Response, Report to the Seminar, and Supporting Papers One through Six.
Kitzhaber, Albert R.; And Others
In his paper addressing the question, "What is English?" Albert Kitzhaber suggests that English is a body of knowledge called grammar, and a body of knowledge called literature, with the skills of communication as a unifying element. James Britton responds to Kitzhaber's paper and suggests that what needs to be asked is, first, "What is the function of the mother tongue in learning?" and, second, "What ought English teachers to be doing?" A response is then made to Britton's paper, and it is suggested, first, that the English teacher should engage pupils in activities which enable pupils through language to represent internally those experiences which are of moment to them, and to improve their mastery of the language. Secondly, English should be viewed as the objective study of language and as a medium in the study of other subjects. The remaining papers explore process, knowledge, and the English program; language as an intellectual study; what is teachable in composition and how (response is also provided); bifurcation or continuity in English programs; exclusion and inclusion of subjects in English programs; and child-centered curricula. (HOD)
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Authoring Institution: National Association for the Teaching of English (England).; National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.; Modern Language Association of America, New York, NY.