Date: Mon, 6 May 1996 16:38:16 -0400 From: Jeutonne Brewer Subject: Re: Th Linguistic Autobiography 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," in Centennial Usage Studies [Greta D. Little and Michael Montgomery, eds. Publication of the American Dialect Society, No. 78. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press]. Then I had students write about their linguistic experiences in one of their early computer conferences. This was the first step in their thinking about and collecting information for a linguistic autobiography that they would complete and turn in in April. Gunter's article is one model (but not the only model) they could use. Like Bethany, my experience with the assignment was very positive. Today, the teacher for the Composition for Teachers class told me that some of my students had chosen their linguistic autobiographies to include in their writing portfolios. My class is a junior level class required for prospective teachers of secondary English. I didn't have the 26 students give an oral report, but now I wish I had. Thanks for that idea, Bethany. No questions about privacy came up. The students could choose one of a number of models--family language, memories of the "Shirley" type, etc. They could choose to write about their linguistic experiences as a college student, or they could focus on linguistic experiences during the current semester. Most students chose to write about family language or memories; one wrote about college experience. No student wrote only about the current semester. ************************************************** * jpbrewer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] * * Jeutonne_Brewer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] * * Jeutonne P. Brewer * * Department of English * * University of North Carolina at Greensboro * * Greensboro, NC 27412 * **************************************************