Imitation and Sentence Combining as Complementary Strategies in teaching Reading and Writing
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
Prof Consuella Bennett
Instructor in English, English, Morehouse College