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ERIC Number: ED172243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Valid Philosophies of Composition.
Couch, Ruth
Nontraditional students in the community college can profit from their composition courses if these courses give them the chance to discover what words can do and to use that discovery to best serve their own interests and ambitions. To serve these aims, composition courses should be based on the following assumptions: students are to be accepted as they are, not as teachers might wish that they were, the cultural heritage of students is to be appreciated while at the same time they are to be equipped with the standard English that will admit many of them to the jobs they want; students and their work are to be approached in a positive, identity-affirming manner; and students are to be given guided practice in writing prose, supplemented by a therapeutic review of grammar and mechanics. Teachers should also recognize that changes in language can bring about changes in life by clarifying students' knowledge and by increasing their confidence in their ability to systematize information and experiences. (DF)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; 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 Southwest Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (Denver, Colorado, October 5-7, 1978)