Imitation and Sentence Combining as Complementary Strategies in teaching Reading and Writing

Prof Consuella Bennett
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Imitation and sentence combining have had a long history of classroom use — in fact, imitation was one of Quintilian's methods of instruction. More recently this method has been infused with new interest by composition theorists such as Edward P. J. Corbett and Robert Connors. The effect of sentence of sentence combining has also been reinforced through more recent research in its impact on grammar teaching. I propose, however, that imitation and sentence combining can also be used as complementary strategies to teach critical reading and writing. Students are first taught to read critically/analytically, identifying the techniques used by good writers. They are then encouraged to imitate these techniques that are also reinforced through sentence-combining exercises.

Keywords: Imitation, Sentence combining, Critical/analytical reading and writing
Stream: Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof Consuella Bennett

Instructor in English, English, Morehouse College

Consuella Bennett has taught at Morehouse College for the past five years. She has taught freshman composition, World Literature, and English 200 (Writing Lab). She is passionate about finding effective strategies to teach writing. She is currently completing her dissertation in Rhetoric and Composition.

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