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2 Gents on pinkmonkey
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1852  Thursday, 7 October 2004

From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Wednesday, 06 Oct 2004 13:57:59 -0400
Subject: 15.1834 2 Gents on pinkmonkey
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1834 2 Gents on pinkmonkey

 >I teach drama, stagecraft and dance classes...I CARE about their English
 >skills but I am NOT an English teacher.  Besides, I wanted to give them
 >a forum where they could express whatever they wanted to say about the
 >play and our production process with relative anonymity and no set
 >structure.  They are only required to write SOMETHING!

It seems to me that if grammar, syntax, diction, spelling and all that
boring stuff are confined to courses entitled "English," they will be
regarded as compartmentalized skills of no particular use in other areas
of life.  I believe it is incumbent on all teachers to make clear that
proper written and spoken English are as necessary for success in
whatever they teach as in the "English" class.  Of course, this does not
apply to foreign language teachers, so you need not post those jokes.

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