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A Literary Commune

Description: Initially, this work recognizes that college students often fail to understand or to appreciate the language of literature; therefore, a proposal has been developed that incorporates the typical methods and media of two academic areas--literature and oral interpretation--into a synchronized dual approach to the study of literature. Chapter I discusses contemporary problems of literacy in general; Chapter II explores the traditional teaching approaches of English and oral interpretation; and Chapter III develops a possible-literary communal effort by outlining a survey course in British Literature and presenting a series of exemplificative Writers Theatre scripts.Chapter IV reviews the associative problems that apparently exist between oral language and the written symbol and recommends that a companion project might demonstrate more fully the efficacy of an integrative approach to the teaching of writing.
Date: August 1974
Creator: Black, Ann N.
Partner: UNT Libraries

An Assessment of Undergraduate Course Syllabi in the Departments of English at Universities in Taiwan

Description: This exploratory, qualitative research explored the extent that course syllabi in the Departments of English in 13 public and 9 private universities in Taiwan reflect the inclusion of syllabus components to promote learning as recommended in the literature in the United States. Research questions included: what components can be inferred from the literature in the U.S. for the recommended components of a course syllabus, for the components for a learning-centered syllabus, and for a model to analyze Bloom's cognitive level of learning? And when these are applied to analyze course syllabi in English courses, are syllabi in these universities congruent with the models? The research identified and analyzed 235 course syllabi from the core courses listed online at these universities. The findings indicated that these syllabi are highly congruent with the syllabus components template; 68% of the syllabi included seven or more of the ten components. Additionally, these syllabi reflect medium congruency with the learning-centered syllabus template. Verbs used in objectives and learning outcomes in different English courses indicate different levels of cognitive learning goals as identified by Bloom's cognitive domain. Additional findings indicate that there was no difference in inclusion of components based on where faculty earned their doctoral degree. This research assumed similarities between higher education in Taiwan and the U.S., conclusions indicate that the course syllabi in Departments of English in Taiwan are congruent with the models recommended in the literature in the U.S.
Date: May 2010
Creator: Lin, Baysan
Partner: UNT Libraries

A Concept of Teaching Undergraduate Adults in Freshman and Sophomore English

Description: The problem was to develop a concept of teaching English for the adult (24 years old or older) undergraduate. The purposes were to make a statement on teaching the adult, survey adults for their perceptions of their needs and the ways the courses met them, review findings of schools offering special adult degree programs, and develop a typology of the adult undergraduate in English with teaching implications. Chapter I states the problem, purposes, significance, and limitations of the study. Chapter II develops the historical background. Chapter III covers the survey and its implications. Chapter IV presents teachers' views of teaching English for adults. Chapter V summarizes the study and sets forth a conceptual structure for teaching the adult undergraduate in such courses.
Date: August 1974
Creator: Luke, Eugene C.
Partner: UNT Libraries

[English department class at North Texas State College]

Description: Photograph of people in an English classroom at North Texas State College sometime in the 1950s or 1960s. In the left foreground, a young female student is sitting on a long table and is speaking with an older female instructor. A miniature model of the Globe Theatre is visible on the table near the instructor, along with books on English literature. On the wall next to the table are posters related to Shakespeare's Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth. In the right of the photograph, a young female student is sitting in a chair at the long table, sharing a copy of "The English Journal" with a young male student who is standing. A window is open behind the young woman and man, and a wooden desk and chair are also visible in the lower right. The women in the photograph are wearing skirts and blouses; the young man wears a short-sleeved shirt and trousers. On the back of the photograph is a copy instruction sticker from "Shreveport Engraving Co., Inc.", along with handwritten notes reading "English", "120 zinc", and "English dept classes c1960s?".
Date: 196u
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections