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Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Vol. 26, No. 4, May 1999

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  • Gender and the On-Line Classroom

    Patrick Sullivan

    Abstract: Argues that a carefully designed and skillfully moderated asynchronous Internet classroom environment can help minimize problems related to gender in traditional classrooms. Discusses class "climate" and class discussion in the traditional classroom and in the online classroom. Notes research related to gender and the online classroom. Outlines course design and teaching strategies. Offers a policy for online class conduct.

    Keywords: College, Diversity, Research, Technology

  • The Shared Discourse of the Networked Computer Classroom

    L. Lennie Irvin

    Abstract: Argues that networked classrooms offer a number of opportunities for effective writing instruction. Argues that shared discourse in the networked-computer classroom has three levels forming a continuum of interactivity: students sending messages "at," "to," and "between" each other. Offers classroom examples of each level of discourse.

    Keywords: College, Pedagogy, Technology

  • Writing into Silence: Losing Voice with Writing Assessment Technology

    Joanne Drechsel

    Abstract: Describes computer-software programs that "read" and score college-placement essays. Argues they may impress administrators, but they also (1) marginalize students by disregarding what they have to say; (2) disregard decades of research on the writing process; and (3) ignore faculty's professional expertise. Argues assessment practices should be guided by theoretical soundness and sensitivity to issues affecting real people.

    Keywords: College, Administration, Assessment, Language, Research, Technology, Writing

  • Caribbean Women's Voices Speak to Two-Year College Students

    Katherine M. Thomas and Linda Karsten Spoelman

    Abstract: Argues that literature by Caribbean women writers of the 20th century offers two-year college students models for surmounting obstacles, resisting oppression, and holding life in fragile equilibrium. Discusses various Caribbean women authors and the influences upon them. Describes numerous ways that specific Caribbean works could be used in the two-year-college curriculum.

    Keywords: College, Diversity, Literature, Pedagogy, Writing

  • Building Learning Communities on Nonresidential Campuses

    Richard C. Raymond

    Abstract: Describes how three faculty members created a learning community at a nonresidential campus by creating and teaching a linked block of three core-curriculum courses (Composition 1, Speech Communication, and Cultural Anthropology) for incoming freshman students. Relates first-day class activities, describes the linking of assignments and communal learning, and discusses assessment. Notes excellent student retention, and student and teacher enthusiasm.

    Keywords: College, Assessment, Pedagogy, Writing

  • Print, Film, and Hypertexts: A Multimedia Model for Discipline-Based ESL Instruction

    Loretta F. Kasper

    Abstract: Describes an instructional model that develops English-as-a-Second-Language students' linguistic and academic skills through extended study of discipline-based content presented through multimedia. Illustrates the approach via a sample lesson from a unit on environmental science. Discusses the use of focus-discipline groups that research class topics. Notes positive student achievement and feedback.

    Keywords: College, Language, Media Studies / Journalism, Pedagogy, Technology, Writing

  • INSTRUCTIONAL NOTE · Style in Advanced Composition: Acttive Students and Passive Voices

    Craig Frischkorn

    Abstract: Argues that, as decision makers, students must sort out their rhetorical contexts to determine whether a sentence needs the active voice or the passive voice. Notes that one source for finding realistic sample sentences for learning about the passive voice is the daily newspaper, and offers examples from the business section, sports page, political reporting, and columns.

    Keywords: College, Pedagogy, Writing

  • The Writing Center: An Opportunity in Democracy

    Ellen Mohr

    Abstract: Describes the Writing Center at Johnson County Community College as an institution that implements democratic ideals in its staffing and teaching; and where all voices are heard, encouraged, and validated. Describes three things necessary to achieve a writing center with a democratic nature: a peer-tutor program including formal tutor training; financial support from the college; and college-wide support.

    Keywords: College, Diversity, Writing

  • INSTRUCTIONAL NOTE · Contracting English Composition: It Only Sounds Like an Illness

    John A. Smith

    Abstract: Describes a system of contract grading in an introductory college composition which the author devised and has used for two years, in which all students sign a contract that delineates requirements for a course grade of "B." Discusses these requirements, how students can raise their grade, and student responses. Notes that a continued dialog about students' writing is often the quite satisfying result.

    Keywords: College, Assessment, Pedagogy, Writing

  • WHAT WORKS FOR ME: A Grocery List and Audience Analysis

    Abstract: Offers four brief descriptions from composition/writing teachers of class activities that work well for them, addressing using a grocery list to help students understand why audience awareness is important; using group work to help students analyze literature; having students define and describe good writing; and helping students with specified punctuation and sentence patterns.

    Keywords: College, Literacy, Literature

  • EDITORIAL: The Future for Two-Year Colleges

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

  • I Teach

    Jeanne Altstatt

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College


    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

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