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Johannessen, Larry R. – 2000
This paper proceeds through an interdisciplinary unit of inquiry-based instruction, using the Vietnam War combat novel or memoir as a coming of age narrative, the classic thematic structure of the "bildungsroman." The paper discusses several key inquiry activities and asks readers to focus on two other key inquiry activities to help illustrate how…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Fiction, Higher Education
Zolten, Jerry – 1997
An instructor's idea of using required e-mail as a communication link with students in the basic public speaking course sprang from his work with Gerald M. Philips in the pioneering reticence program he developed at Penn State University in the 1970s and 1980s. The instructor's focus in teaching a basic communication course has always been more on…
Descriptors: Communication Apprehension, Course Descriptions, Electronic Mail, Higher Education
Marcus, Sybil – 1996
The structure of an 8-week intensive course in literature for advanced learners of English as a Second Language is described. Focus is on engaging student interest with texts rich in theme and/or language that can elicit thoughtful discussion. In the first 2 weeks, the language and length of the texts (short stories) selected make them relatively…
Descriptors: Course Content, Course Descriptions, Course Organization, Curriculum Design
Stafford, J. Lindsey – 1996
This paper describes a strategy for teaching elementary students language arts that involves the collaboration of the regular education teacher and a speech therapist. The classroom teacher and speech therapist work together in providing lessons related to whole language, reading, parts of speech, semantics, and written expression. This allows…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans
Vertreace, Martha M. – 1988
Arguing that remedial/developmental students' lack of exposure to the fine arts relegates them to a permanent underclass within the student body, this paper describes the use of poetry, music, and other materials drawn from the fine arts in a remedial writing class. After presenting a rationale for including artistic concerns in the developmental…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Class Activities, Community Colleges, Fine Arts
Winter, Janet K.; And Others – 1992
This paper provides some activities that can be used to acquaint business students with the cultural differences that might be encountered in international business situations. Activities described involve: (1) exposing students to cultural differences through the use of foreign art and literature; (2) requiring students to prepare a cultural…
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Activities, Cultural Awareness
Hanson, Trudy L. – 1995
An instructor, who teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in storytelling, incorporates discussions of gender issues throughout the semester in various ways. In one course, class discussions are used to raise issues of the origin of Grimm's fairy tales and of story variants. Students are also encouraged to choose gender issues in…
Descriptors: College Students, Fairy Tales, Gender Issues, Higher Education
Touzel, Timothy J. – 1993
The overall assessment of teacher education students by means of testing may not be the best indicator of competence in a professional field. Assessors must possess both valid and reliable ways of discerning which students have the necessary skills to be effective in the classroom. Portfolio analysis is one way to get better, more valid data about…
Descriptors: Education Majors, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Problems
Forrest, Barbara – 1993
Students must be informed about what is going on in the United States and the world. They must be able to understand, analyze, and evaluate what they hear and read. Newspaper and magazine editorials are excellent sources of argument and information for class study. Genuine understanding of written material requires thinking during reading.…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Critical Thinking, Cultural Literacy, Current Events
Kruckeberg, Dean – 1993
A chronic problem in public relations education is the fragmentation of coursework, particularly as this fragmentation impacts on the application of communication theory. Public relations textbooks presentation of theory is often fragmented and segregated in to "theoretical" chapters and "applied" chapters with little integration between the two.…
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Case Studies, College Seniors, Communication (Thought Transfer)
Katchen, Johanna E. – 1991
A technique for teaching English to English majors in a Taiwan university involves students' oral production of descriptive stories to accompany a piece of classical or folk music. The project provides practice in preparing a report in English, practice in speaking before a group, sensitivity toward and ability to talk about aural stimuli, and…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), Folk Culture
McGillick, Paul – 1993
The ways in which second language learners and teachers together can develop learners' ability to carry on conversation in the target language are examined. The discussion is based on the idea that practicing language skills, therefore creating opportunities to gain additional knowledge, is essential to continued learning, whereas using such…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Conversational Language Courses, English (Second Language)
Seaver, William L.; Belli, Gabriella M. – 1989
This paper discusses the problems and general solutions of statistics teaching by summarizing some strategies that have been effective with part-time students in off-campus settings. Included are discussions on: (1) applications of computer skills and student projects; (2) teaching statistical thinking using various modes of presentations and…
Descriptors: College Mathematics, Computer Uses in Education, Graduate Students, Graduate Study
Molloy, Shivaun – 1985
Classroom activity ideas for Japanese English as a second language students include a Punch and Judy puppet show (script included); a Halloween puppet trick-or-treat game to learn vocabulary and an American custom; a mime game using verbs; hangman; games of prediction, chance, and sorting or grouping; a Japanese card game similar to "slap"; a…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Dramatic Play, Elementary Secondary Education
Ashe, Peter M. – 1987
To broaden the scope of a letter writing unit for seventh graders, a real-life component brought together two groups who could learn from one another, youngsters (who usually did not have living or nearby grandparents) and the elderly in a convalescent home. Students selected their pen pals on the basis of biographical data and similar interests…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Aging Education, Elementary Education, Grade 7
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