I've just been offered a teaching position for not one, but two composition classes, which is excellent, but class begins next week and I'm really scrambling to prepare.
It's been quite a while since I've taken this type of course,and I think that much of it will be a learn-as-I-go experience. However, I do need to have a clear course planned out for my students when we meet next week, so they can know what to expect. It's a tricky balance -- I feel that I won't truly have a clear sense of their particular needs until I get to know them a bit better. But there are books to be ordered! Assignments to be written!
Maybe I'll ask, if you can think back to your composition class days (we've all had them, right?), were there any materials you found particularly helpful? All I remember of my english textbooks (not the novels / literature collections, but the actual "writing manuals") is that they were expensive and I never referred to them -- I can't even really remember using them in class. I'd like to avoid asking my students to buy books that we probably won't use, and that they won't want to keep on their shelves after class.
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