ERIC Number: ED177586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Positive Program in a Negative Climate: Training the First Year Graduate Student to Teach Freshman English.
Gracie, William J., Jr.
This paper argues that a teacher training course for graduate teaching assistants of freshman composition is essential in view of the public's concern for the literacy crisis and in view of the job market that offers the best prospects for trained teachers of composition. It contends that the negative climate in English departments on most campuses can be changed by making the department as a whole aware of the job market, by creating a departmentally-recognized teacher training program, by making that program a course and not simply an advising program, by encouraging research in composition, by inviting a guest lecturer in composition to visit the campus, and by creating an award for the best graduate student teacher. It then describes a program of training developed at Miami University (Ohio), giving the assumptions on which it is based, presenting a thorough discussion of a week-long workshop course just before the beginning of the fall term, indicating how students are integrated into the department, relating the development of a mentor program, and briefly summarizing a course in rhetoric required of all graduate students. (TJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (33rd, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 18-20, 1979)