ERIC Number: ED308520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Basic Writing Instruction: What Counts as Learning?
McKoski, Martin M.
For teachers of speech-oriented basic writers, the choices of what to teach--and what to count as learning--ought to be guided by those requirements of academic culture that are indispensable for basic writers to know, specifically the use of written language, a discourse specialized in both form and function and differing substantially from speech. Basic writing teachers must orient their very oral students not only to the conventional and formulaic language of written text but also to a way of thinking and sounding of the particular linguistic and rhetorical context which is the University. Examples from student-written essays illustrate the prerequisite writing and thinking skills needed for entry into higher education and the best ways to teach those skills. (Eighteen references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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