Or, Learning to Imitate FTW
SEK’s got a fantastic new post up at Acephalous about a particular technique he uses to teach his student’s how to imitate an academic style of writing. Or, as he puts it “a very long post about teaching non-humanities majors how to fake like they know what they’re talking about.”
Anyone interested in writing, teaching writing, or teaching non-humanities majors would do well to read the piece.
Though he’s framed it as a retention technique — for those science majors who after 2 years of problem sets and Scantrons get to their senior year research papers with no clue how to write in an academic voice — but I think it’s worth reading for the description of his pedagogy within which this technique is embedded, too. I especially like the way he gets the students on the side of good writing and argument by showing them how to take down terrible stuff.
Scott Eric Kaufman, “How to Bootstrap Student Diction,” Acephalous, 5 February 2010
Image cite: the trial, write,” Flickr, CC License