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Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Vol. 26, No. 1, September 1998

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  • New Voices: Teaching and Responding to the Literature of Aids

    Sandra McGill Barnhouse

    Abstract: Describes how the author came to develop an elective community-college course called "AIDS: A Literary Response." Discusses the course curriculum and course materials, literature and films, class assignments, formal paper assignments, notebooks of materials, and the impact of the life stories shared with the class by visitors.

    Keywords: Diversity, Literature, Pedagogy, College

  • Some Other Culture: Maori Literature as a Unifying Force in a Multicultural Classroom

    Chris Fauske

    Abstract: Argues that using unfamiliar texts in a multicultural classroom allows students to read and write without interference from existing cultural tensions. Describes how, finding their own defenses and prejudices suddenly meaningless, students realize just how much common ground they share. Illustrates this by describing use of a Maori poem the author has found particularly powerful and effective.

    Keywords: Diversity, Literature, Pedagogy, Writing, Reading, College

  • A Selected Discography of American Literature Set to Music-Part II

    Paul Oehler

    Abstract: Presents a second discography (of compact disks only) which lists American literature (primarily poetry) set to music. Notes two publications that may be of use to those well-versed in literature but less knowledgeable about music.

    Keywords: Literature, College, Media Studies / Journalism

  • Mitigating Barriers to Navajo Students' Success in English Courses

    Kay Thurston

    Abstract: Discusses the tremendous barriers to success in college that Navajo students face. Discusses five major forms: financial difficulty, family obligations, prescriptive attitudes toward Standard American English, instructor/faculty ethnocentrism, and ambivalence toward Western education. Discusses ways faculty can work to mitigate these barriers as well as those faced by all minority culture students.

    Keywords: Diversity, Research, College

  • Collaborative Teaching in the De-Centered Classroom

    Tom Speer and Barrie Ryan

    Abstract: Describes the authors' ongoing collaborative teaching and encourages instructors to try it. Points out various ways that collaborative teaching can take place. Examines values and assumptions underlying collaborative teaching. Presents results of a case study looking at major benefits to classes and students, major benefits to instructors, and problems encountered.

    Keywords: Pedagogy, College, Professional Development

  • Towards a Theory of Error

    William S. Robinson

    Abstract: Argues that, to deal effectively with sentence errors of basic writers, it is crucial to distinguish between what should be left alone and what can be productively marked and how it should be marked. Proposes a taxonomy of four sources of errors (knowledge, dialect, process, and developmental errors) and seven ways to address them.

    Keywords: Assessment, Writing, College

  • From the Writing Process to the Responding Sequence: Incorporating Self?Assessment and Reflection in the Classroom

    Peggy O'Neill

    Abstract: Argues that student self-assessment and reflection need to be central components of writing instruction and that the response sequence between teacher and student should routinely include them. Offers examples of this sequence with two students, and presents nine specific classroom strategies that put self-assessment and reflection at the center of the writing process.

    Keywords: Assessment, Pedagogy, Writing, College

  • INSTRUCTIONAL NOTE · Keeping Language Journals in English Composition

    Jane Arnold

    Abstract: Describes how a weekly focused journal writing assessment (in which students note any use of language they find interesting, puzzling, amusing, or annoying as well as their response to it) enhances composition students' awareness of how language is used and where. Offers several different advantages of such journal writing.

    Keywords: Language, Pedagogy, Writing, College

  • INSTRUCTIONAL NOTE · To Kindle a Flame: Teaching Vocabulary in College Composition Courses

    Jean McDonald

    Abstract: Describes a vocabulary activity the author uses in first-year composition classes which is effective, interesting, and fun for students who write an ongoing serialized short story with required vocabulary words chosen weekly from assigned student readings.

    Keywords: Pedagogy, Writing, College

  • WHAT WORKS FOR ME: Comp-ardy

    Abstract: Presents eight separate short descriptions of teaching tips or classroom activities for composition classes submitted by teachers, including tips on writing exchanges, grammar problems, peer evaluation, revision, mock quizzes, critical thinking regarding television news, computer-assisted commenting, and an educational and entertaining end-of-term review activity period.

    Keywords: Literacy, Writing, College

  • EDITORIAL: Fall Greetings

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College


    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College


    Judith A. (Jay) Wootten; Lynn Summer; Julie Drew; Cynthia Simpson

    Abstract: Reviews six books: Mina P. Shaughnessy: Her Life and Work, by Jane Maher reviewed by Judith A. (Jay) Wootten; Your Choice: A Basic Writing Guide with Readings, by Kate Mangelsdorf and Evelyn Posey reviewed by Lynn Summer; Constructing Knowledges: The Politics of Theory Building and Pedagogy in Composition, by Sidney I. Dobrin reviewed by Julie Drew; Academic Advancement in Composition Studies: Scholarship, Publication, Promotion, Tenure, ed. by Richard C. Gebhardt and Barbara Genelle Smith Gebhardt; Publishing in Rhetoric and Composition, ed. by Gary A. Olson and Todd Taylor; Writing for Academic Publication, by Frank Parker and Kathryn Riley reviewed by Cynthia Simpson.

    Keywords: College

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