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Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Vol. 24, No. 2, May 1997

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  • The Literacy Narrative as Production Pedagogy in the Composition Classroom

    J. Blake Scott

    Abstract: J. Blake Scott describes a method and outlines the procedures, including a heuristic, for having students write literacy narratives about their history as writers. Scott argues that writing and sharing these narratives brings the students closer into community with one another and helps them produce better writing.

    Keywords: Secondary, College, Pedagogy, Writing

  • INSTRUCTIONAL NOTE ยท Tapping the Sources Within: A Three-Step Approach

    Diane Allen

    Abstract: Diane Allen, in "Tapping the Sources Within: A Three-Step Approach", gives a strategy for helping basic writing students develop better essays with stronger voices.

    Keywords: Secondary, College, Pedagogy, Writing

  • Community Colleges Train the Professoriate of the Future

    Dana C. Elder, Darin Payne, Stan Lauderbaugh, Bryan West, and Janet Wilbanks

    Abstract: Describes how a cooperative program between a community college (Spokane Falls) and a university (Eastern Washington) produced a successful teaching internship. Finds that, besides the ways in which interns learn from the experience, working with interns can benefit community college educators and offer them an opportunity for self-assessment and for introspection concerning their own planning and teaching.

    Keywords: College, School-Community Relation

  • Traveling with Willa Cather

    Janice Albert

    Abstract: Relates how an English teacher, a fan of Willa Cather, searches for Cather's past in the physical environment, the Nebraska prairie, which formed her as a person and an author. Shows how this search led the teacher to examine her own past.

    Keywords: College, Literature

  • Making the Leap: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Composition for Students in Technical Fields

    Marilyn R. P. Morgan

    Abstract: Discusses how to teach a first-year composition course, expository writing, required of most students at Rensselaer Polytechnic. Considers how to motivate students and help them to see connections between writing and their technical work. Offers various techniques for getting the students to write comfortably.

    Keywords: College, Pedagogy, Writing

  • The Patterns of Language: Perspective on Teaching Writing

    Pamela D. Dykstra

    Abstract: Considers why basic writers write in "phrases patched upon phrases." Examines how language is patterned and acquired to clarify a framework for teaching basic writers. States that speaking and writing, two different ways of organizing and presenting information, have different structures. Explores what cognitive psychology can say about how the mind processes and produces language.

    Keywords: College, Language, Writing

  • Literature Student/Literature Teacher: Starting Over after All These Years

    Tom Speer

    Abstract: Recounts a veteran instructor's experiences with teaching new subjects, American literature and poetry writing, after many years away from graduate school. Muses about the reality of teaching undergraduates. Considers teaching as a rhetorical act and finds that learning is more likely to occur when teachers approach teaching as a rhetorical act rather than an enactment of theory.

    Keywords: College, Literature, Pedagogy, Writing

  • EDITORIAL: Building a Literate Society

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

  • In Memoriam: Liz McPherson

    Dick Friedrich

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College


    Howard Tinberg; Christian R. Weisser; Alexis Nelson; Gary E. Simmers; Michael Matthews

    Abstract: What Is Composition and Why Do We Teach It? A Review Essay; Teachers, Discourses, and Authority in the Postmodern Composition Classroom; When Writing Teachers Teach Literature: Bringing Writing to Reading; Science and Technology Today: Readings for Writers; Writing Off Center: An American Issues Reader for Composition; The Shape of Ideas; Border Talk: Writing and Knowing in the Two-Year College.

    Keywords: College

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