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ERIC Number: ED281198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Odd Couple: How We Teach and How They Learn.
Shook, Ronald
The best way to teach writing is to make it the way to learn something else. Instructors need to look at written communication as it is used in real life. When students take pains with their writing, it is because what they have to say is important to them. The students' need to communicate a particular meaning for a particular purpose guides them through the writing process, but this fact may be ignored in writing classes. Instead, class time is often devoted to the personal essay, the descriptive essay, or the narrative, which exist as isolated language samples, cut off from all experience and purpose. Instructors can make an impact on their writing classes (1) by making writing an integral part of every course and using this writing to communicate to the teacher what the student has learned (establishing that if students cannot communicate, they will not pass); and (2) by dramatically increasing the amount of classroom reading and writing. Students should write a minimum of 1,000 words a day, and this writing should not be discussed by the teacher beyond asking constructive questions. Although these options are being used, neither will become current until instructors rid themselves of the notion that they can talk students into learning to write. (Seven references are included.) (AEW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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