Regents' Bulletin Volume 44-45

Regents' Bulletin Volume 44-45

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: Cornell. Though the course has been in operation four years, I feel myself wholly unable to give an adequate description of the processes of instruction. To be frank, I follow no one method. I aim, however, at several results. First, a close, not to say searching, examination of sentence-structure; this year the authors chiefly studied were Carlyle, Hawthorne," Matthew Arnold. Second, paragraph-structure. The students are required to note and criticize every deflection from unity and sequence in the paragnaph, also, in expository paragraphs, every transaction of thought that seems too abrupt. In studying Matthew Arnold, the students were required also to prepare abstracts or outlines of several entire pieces by Arnold. In general the members of course 9 write a great deal, but in these past four years they have seldom been asked to write a formal essay. The usual form of composition is a short paper written in the classroom. I wrrect all their papers with the most minute care, as if for the printer. The lion's share of this correction falls under the head of diction. Every year I am surprised anew at the strange, unaccountable blunders committed by such advanced students (nearly all seniors and graduates) in the use of English words. The writers seem to be obtuse to shades of meaning, to discrimination in the use of synonyms, to individuality of expression. Even when they write correctly, they write tamely. By way of reform, I try to impart to each year's class a bit of my own personality by recasting their phrases, by writing in the margin three or four synonyms in place of a single stock word, by pointing out the peculiar significance of a word or phrase as used by Hawthorne or Carlyle for example in a certain...
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  • Paperback | 174 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 322g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236860853
  • 9781236860859