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Blaisdell, Bob – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2016
This is an exploration of what can happen when a rich, complex, challenging text is read aloud in class, of how students make meanings and connections with their own lives (and of how mysterious these processes often are).
Descriptors: Oral Reading, Literature, Teaching Methods
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Blaisdell, Bob – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2015
This is discussion of one of Leo Tolstoy's fictional dramatisations of aggressive but dull-witted pedagogy. In "Anna Karenina," two adults badger a lively, deep-souled, active-minded boy, Anna's son Seryozha, to learn his rote-lessons.
Descriptors: Didacticism, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation, Literary Styles
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Blaisdell, Bob – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2013
Vampires and a Moco Jumbie is a narrative-essay about teaching Basic Composition in New York City in the early 1990s. To the surprise and delight of the teacher, the students describe in class discussions and in their writings their beliefs in the supernatural. Contains one note.
Descriptors: Beliefs, Mythology, Essays, Student Attitudes
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Blaisdell, Bob – Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, 2011
The author reflects on foreign-language learning by his EFL students as well as his own foreign-language learning. He concludes by musing on the possible and fantastical devastation on language-ability wrought by strokes.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Language Skills, Brain