ERIC Number: ED440392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Trends and Issues in English Instruction, 2000--Six Summaries. Summaries of Informal Annual Discussions of the Commissions of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Allender, Dale, Comp.
This 17th annual report presents information on current trends and issues informally discussed by the directors of six National Council of Teachers of English commissions. Commission on Composition (Richard Gebhardt, director) discussed the role of writing in literacy; interactions of race, class, language, and learning; teaching grammar; large-scale writing assessment; computers and writing instruction; limited preparation to teach writing; excessive teacher workload; writing across the curriculum; and dual-credit courses. The Commission on Curriculum (Frankey Jones, director) discussed public discussion of curriculum; high-stakes assessment; mandating of curriculum by legislative bodies; and use of nonfiction literature throughout the curriculum. The Commission on Language (Judith Wells Lindfors, director) discussed: teachers and students determining when to take standardized tests; trends mandating specific teaching methodology; teaching grammar; and classroom climates in which language that demonizes or belittles groups of students is not used. The Commission on Literature (Michael Moore, director) discussed multicultural literature; NCTE Booklist; the growing influence of the English Advanced Placement exam; the need for assessing the impact of writing and literature projects. The Commission on Media (Andrew Garrison, director) discussed increasing recognition of the importance of media education; insufficient or unavailable training for classroom and preservice teachers; mass media role; increasing numbers of resources for teachers of media literacy; distance learning; intellectual property; The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's coalition of educators used in the production of American novel adaptations; and the concern over commercial, private corporations offering hardware and programming to schools in exchange for students watching commercials. The Commission on Reading (Mary H. Maguire, director) discussed their support for the four resolutions passed at the NCTE annual conference in Denver, Colorado. (RS)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Language Arts, Literature Appreciation, Mass Media Role, Media Literacy, Politics of Education, Reading Instruction, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.