Rhetoric used to be taught way more often. It isn’t much these days even though it’s still a good subject. It can help people learn to speak well and even how to express ideas in a cohesive way. These are skills that can help you in business. The English class here explains a new way to teach these skills and seems to be something which would work well. It could really help to improve the students’ grasp of their language.
- Thus, in the service of promoting true learning, it is necessary to deprive students of knowledge. Reductio ad absurdum.
- This is kind of like insisting that students can master biology without memorizing the parts of a cell or the difference between a gene and a chromosome.
- Yes, there are a handful of common terms that you need to know (anecdote, irony, metaphor, digression, generalization, assertion), but the more exotic stuff? Gone.
“While older versions of this course (including questions on the AP English Language and Composition Exam itself) relied on knowledge of terminology as a way of assessing student work, the AP English Language and Composition Exam has evolved to emphasize the appropriate application of such terminology in students’ analyses of texts. Any rhetorical terms that appear in this course are best situated as part of the teacher’s vernacular, not the students’.”