Saturday, April 6, 2013
This week I met with someone to discuss the opportunity to teach Freshman Composition at a community college. With a M.A. in English, I'm qualified to teach this class. Many of graduate students did this while seeking their degree. In my interview, I was asked whether I would use a rubric and whether I felt that visual rhetoric should be used. This class has already been helpful in working with terminology and literacy. So now I'm learning a new language. I don't know if my schedule will allow me to add this class to my workload, but it's something I want to try. We had a mandatory class in the English department called "Teaching Composition". In it we looked at the theories for teaching composition. One question that came up was whether or not we would grade grammar and punctuation. I was the only one in the class who spoke up and said 'absolutely'. I think part of learning a language, to communicate, is being able to write the text so that it can be 'heard' while being read. Am I the only person who thinks that proper grammar and punctuation still has a place in literacy? I notice so many literacies, such as texting, have let a lot of that fall by the wayside. My son doesn't like the phone - he texts. But he still uses proper grammar and punctuation in his messages. In the business world, or the world of education, literacy in English should still include making your point, not just with your words, but with how you 'say' them.