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ERIC Number: ED158323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Care and Feeding of the Non-English Major: Three Years Later.
McKenzie, Hope Bussey
An English course tailored to the needs of non-English majors has been developed and implemented at West Texas State University. Students from the business world as well as from a wide variety of disciplines participate in the course, which empahsizes the principles of communication. In addition to a text specifically written for the course, students also study examples of the best writing produced in their fields. In the first section of the course, students study style and organizational devices and then write commentary on these elements as they appear in publications recommended by each student's departmental advisor. Reading techniques are also stressed. In the second section of the course, students use the textbook's rhetoric chapters to choose a method of approach and then produce two reviews. The aim is to complete a perfect paper. In the final section, each student has to write one research paper, a detailed report, a speech or script, and an article. Final copies are not marked, but rated as acceptable; good, but in need of revision; or unacceptable. The course teaches that clarity and precision are the most valuable aspects of language and that these qualities are essential to professionals in all fields. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (8th, San Antonio, Texas, March 31-April 2, 1977)