I’ve been fully retired for a year and a half now, and I deleted all my teaching files a couple of months ago, so I can’t pass along any specific course materials. For Labour day, though, I’m going to share the distillation of my 40 years of teaching college composition and other language skills to college and university students, and my studies on how people learn to write from two advanced degrees in mid and late career.
1. Many community college students come in already resistant to taking English,… Read more 40 Years Teaching College Composition
When I was in grade 7 we got to use coloured pencils to underline and label the different parts of speech. I enjoyed both the colour and the naming of the parts. When I was teaching writing, I accepted the going theory that teaching grammar didn’t help people learn to write better; direct feedback on their writing helped students improve as writers.
I always felt a bit guilty because I liked knowing how the sentence worked, and being able to name the parts.
… Read more Grammar and Writing
I know that language is constantly changing; we don’t talk or write the way Shakespeare or Jane Austen did. Language evolves over time. The most important aspect of language use is that the meaning is clear.
Are you paranoid about how much Facebook and Google know about you? To find out if you should be, and to find out what your credit cards know about you, I highly recommend Terry O’Reilly’s podcast on Hyper-Targeting – http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/podcasts/undertheinfluence_20120428_91870.mp3
With his typical entertaining presentation and deep research, O’Reilly describes how today’s advertisers know what we want and might buy – in immediate and great detail.
I first heard this podcast riding into the city from the suburbs,
… Read more How the Web, and Credit Cards, Spy on You
Here are some basic grammar errors to avoid – from http://www.copyblogger.com/grammar-goofs/ via Donna Papacosta
Like this infographic? Get more copywriting tips from Copyblogger.
… Read more Grammar Basics
Kirby Ferguson’s scholarship is truly impressive, as he packs a well-argued understanding of the problems in today’s use of copyright and patent laws into four brief videos.
Everything is a Remix Part 1
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Feb 1, 2011 … An exploration of the remix techniques involved in producing films.
… Read more Remixing or The Perversion of Copyright
With the rapidly changing web environment, much writing is ephemeral, and becomes lost in the past. This is a post I think worth re-posting, about the process of creating curriculum. Most of the links no longer work.
From 2006 –
Dreaming the Curriculum: Oral Rhetoric
This past winter term, I taught a course, Oral Rhetoric, a third-year university course, for the second time. The first time, I taught it using two-hour classroom meetings,
… Read more Dreaming The Curriculum – A Re-Post from 2006