Saturday, February 24, 2007

English Update February 24, 2007

Language Investigation Activities. Students become language detectives. For example, they investigate apparent lapses, like sentence fragments, used by authors intentionally. MB Monahan. LA (Jan. 03), 206-214.

Language Investigation Activities. Students can collect and analyze the names of automobiles and try to guess why they are named as they are. D Burmester. M&M (May 73), 30.

Vocabulary. The usual method of teaching vocabulary is to give out a list of words for the week, tell students to look them up and then study them to take a test on Friday. Much better to discuss a whole group of words built on the root, “mort.” AP Nilsen & DLF Nilsen. LA (Nov. 02).

Reading and ESL. Students for whom English is a second language face considerable difficulty learning to read English because learning to read a language is based on oral proficiency. M Droop and L Verhoeven. RRQ (Jan/Feb/Mar 03), 78.

Vocabulary. Teach “source-based” words. For example, body parts, i.e., words using parts f the body: “headquarters,” “footnotes,” “skeleton outline,” “arterial highway,” “shoulder a responsibility,” “back out of a commitment.” Farming: “fertile imagination,” “cultivated person,” “harrowing experience,” “budding genius,” “grainy photograph.” Food: “salt of the earth,” “souped-up car,” “bringing home the bacon,” “carnival,” “breaking bread with a companion.” AF Nilsen & DLF Nilsen. RT (Feb. 03), 436-439.

Inservice. Teachers observe and record student behaviors that concern them, in academics as well as with discipline. They then try to interpret it by suggesting many possible implications and by discussing with other educators, leading to hypotheses and action. LA (Feb. 96), 105.

Inservice. Most inservice programs leave teachers passive and bored. EJ (Dec. 93), 25.

Inservice. Teachers replicated workshops in which they had participated back in their home schools. RTE (Oct. 94), 268.

Fads. Most innovations peak in a year and a half, decline and die in four years. RTE (Oct. 94), 280.

How are the four traditional modes of writing used in the real world? Advertisers use the four traditional modes of discourse: descriptive, narration, exposition and argumentation. FJ D’Angelo. CCC (Dec. 78), 356-361.

Why read aloud to students? By reading selections from literature orally to the students, teachers of English provide students with the opportunity to experience the power and emotion of language…. JE Twining. JR (Mar. 75), 476.

What is Rogerian argumentation? State the issue objectively; summary of the other person’s point of view, showing that you understand his/her point of view; objective statement of your point of view with reasons; statement of what the differing opinions have in common; proposal to resolve in a way that injures neither party. AA Lunsford. CCC (May 79), 147.

Argumentative writing. Prepare for writing argumentative papers by writing dialogue. L Rockas in RL Larson. CCC (May 79), 209

What is the purpose for writing literature? Chekhov: …you confuse two things: solving a problem and stating a problem correctly. It is only the second that is obligatory for the artist. B Blaisdell. Wrt (Sept. 04), 30.

LA = Language Arts. M & M = Media and Methods. RRQ = Reading Research Quarterly. RT = Reading Teacher. EJ = English Journal. RTE = Research in the Teaching of English. CCC = College Composition and Communication.

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