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Sewell, Ernestine P., Ed. – English in Texas, 1980
Noting that technical writing is becoming an increasingly important element in the college curriculum, this journal issue presents eight articles that provide information for use by technical writing instructors. The first article surveys resources and strategies currently available, while the second article reflects upon some of the adjustments…
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Communication (Thought Transfer), Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development
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Forsyth, Beverly – English in Texas, 1995
Describes how a new journalism writing style energized writing composition students to write in meaningful, exciting ways about matters close to them. Explains what New Journalism is and how students can be instructed in it. (TB)
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Feature Stories, Freshman Composition, Higher Education
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Rosen, Sandra – English in Texas, 1995
Shows how the regular reading and discussion of rich literary passages builds a respect and interest among students for imagery. Describes a series of classroom exercises designed to build imagery writing skills. (TB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Creative Writing, Higher Education, Imagery
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Keen, Kathryn – English in Texas, 1995
Explains how a computer-based basic writing course relied on small group communication and cooperation to surmount fears of the computer and of writing. Argues that the course helped students work through the "I-You" polarity, the disparity between the author ("I") and the writer ("You"). (TB)
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cooperative Learning, Higher Education
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Lang, Frederick K.; Moser, Janet – English in Texas, 1995
Describes a method of teaching basic writing to native and nonnative students that emphasizes a regression to the most basic elements of writing. Considers what writing content, rhetorical techniques, grammar exercises, and proofreading methods are most effective for the two groups. (TB)
Descriptors: Basic Writing, English (Second Language), Freshman Composition, Grammar
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Peters, William H. – English in Texas, 1994
Shares what is being done in one English methods course to address the call for English education teacher preparation programs to help prospective teachers construct pedagogical understandings of subject matter. Includes three drafts and a final version of students' basic premises for teaching English language arts. (RS)
Descriptors: English Instruction, English Teacher Education, Higher Education, Methods Courses
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Cooper, Allene – English in Texas, 1995
Discusses problems with freshman research paper assignments. Describes how one teacher has adapted cooperative learning techniques to research assignments, allowing students to work together in "base" and "expert" groups. Describes four structured writing assignments on a single subject of general public interest that lends itself to specialized…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Freshman Composition, Higher Education, Research Papers (Students)
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Smith, Wanda; Cosmic, Jan – English in Texas, 1995
Describes reading aloud to students in a college remedial English class, arguing that this improves writing ability by helping students learn to "hear" the sounds of the material they are required to read in connection with their writing assignments. Discusses success getting students to revise by requiring rewriting on the computer and by…
Descriptors: English Instruction, Higher Education, Reading Aloud to Others, Remedial Instruction
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Hall, Susan; Tiggeman, Theresa – English in Texas, 1995
Describes how a project initially designed to improve the quality of student writing in an introductory finance class led the teachers, as the project unfolded, to examine their assumptions about learning, shifting their attention from details of English usage to considerations of the context of which students wrote and the mindsets they brought…
Descriptors: Finance Occupations, Higher Education, Learning Processes, Teacher Student Relationship
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Wyche-Smith, Susan – English in Texas, 1994
Describes the methods and means by which composition teachers can successfully create, train, and maintain writing groups (peer response groups, writing circles, or writing workshops) within the English classroom. (HB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Collaborative Writing
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Herzog, Brad – English in Texas, 1994
Considers the profit of caring for writing students and helping them believe in the value of the materials they produce. Provides experiential evidence of the influence of one teacher's attempt to care ethically for his students. (HB)
Descriptors: Course Content, Educational Philosophy, English Curriculum, English Instruction
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Benoit-Detrixhe, Liz – English in Texas, 1994
Examines the ways English teachers might try to make progress with uninterested and/or problem students. Narrates one teacher's experience with a particular male student, and how she partly got through to him. (HB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, English Curriculum, English Instruction, Higher Education
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Linnehan, Paul J. – English in Texas, 1994
Describes the relationship between reading and writing, particularly in the way that extensive reading can help writers improve their writing. Discusses four strategies a writing teacher used to revise a basic writing course. Shows how the strategies derive from current research. Describes briefly how the strategies are employed in designing and…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Course Descriptions, English Curriculum, English Instruction
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Keen, Kathryn – English in Texas, 1995
Describes using a novel ("The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros) in a freshman developmental education course. Argues that the novel keeps the students focused and interested. Suggests that all outside reading support the novel's theme and that all writing assignments relate to the same theme. (SR)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Higher Education, Novels, Remedial Reading