Date: Mon, 6 May 1996 17:14:27 -0400

From: "Bethany K. Dumas, U of Tennessee" dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTKVX.UTK.EDU

Subject: Re: Linguistic Autobiography

On Mon, 6 May 1996, Jeutonne Brewer wrote:

Interesting coincidence. This semester I used a linguistic autobiography

assignment. (I had used a different variant of the assignment in earlier

semesters. This semester's effort worked better than in the past.)

During the first few weeks of the semester, I had students read Richard

Gunter's "Linguistic Autobiography of and American," snip

Gunter's article is one model (but not the only model) they could use.

Students always ask for a model. So far, I have resisted providing one,

primarily because I think my students do more creative work if they don't

have a model to follow. I do not think models are bad, just that my

students tend to follow them slavishly. How do you get around that,

Jeutonne? Or is that a problem? I will not even show them previous

students' essays (even with the previous students' permission!). (I have

not read Gunter's essay yet.)


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