ERIC Number: ED147850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Developing Language Skills with Four Letter Words.
Chaplin, Miriam T.
The ability to use language as a means of thought expression is a growth process. It is necessary, therefore, for college-level developmental courses to concentrate on strengths stemming from the student's communication in an informal environment, rather than on skill deficiencies reflected in test scores. To achieve this, the teacher must know the student well: it is essential to hear what is said and to accept what is written, because the student's spoken and written words reflect the social contexts in which he or she lives. English teachers must create a stimulating environment that helps students experience a sense of control of, and active participation in, their own learning. Reading assignments should force retrospective, perspective, and introspective thought, so that students learn to formulate questions and to respect their own insights. In writing, assignments should be structured according to a three-step process: (1) discussion, to hear the ideas of others, (2) silent reflection on the ideas expressed in discussion, and (3) writing for a first self-analysis. The goal of the developmental course is to free students to use language for their own purposes. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (28th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 31-April 2, 1977)