Date: Mon, 6 May 1996 17:14:27 -0400 From: "Bethany K. Dumas, U of Tennessee" 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," > 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.) Bethany Bethany K. Dumas, J.D., Ph.D. | Applied Linguistics, Language & Law Dep't of English, UT, Knoxville | EMAIL: dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 415 McClung Tower | (423) 974-6965 | FAX (423) 974-6926 Knoxville, TN 37996-0430 | See Webpage at