ERIC Number: ED188201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Value of Literature Study to the Composition Teacher.
Harmon, Gary L.
A review of the arguments for and against requiring literature courses in the preparation of teachers of English reveals that a thorough knowledge of literature is essential to teach English, and especially composition courses, successfully. Courses in rhetoric, linguistics, and advanced writing are also necessary, but the major emphasis should be on literature study for these reasons: (1) good reading experience is the best preparation for being a good writer, (2) literature study provides a background for giving constructive editorial help to student writers, (3) it provides experience in the close reading of texts, (4) it provides literary knowledge of writers' techniques, and (5) it provides teachers with the understanding to give student writers the fullest possible information about what they are doing and how their writing affects readers. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).