Approaches to Teaching Composition
Though not as old as other collegiate disciplines, composition--the study of communicating through the written word--has quickly risen to a place in prominence in most American higher education institutions. Most schools now require one or two composition-heavy courses for freshman or sophomores wherein new students gain essential skills for writing papers and communicating outside of college. While most schools have come to agree on the importance of these courses, few agree on how to teach composition. This panel will provide insight into some of the current arguments for how to teach, from the pedagogically theoretical to the immediately practical. All three panelist will focus on ways to increase student engagement, be it with subject matter, their own internal biases, or the core of their argument.
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