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Language Awareness: Readings for College Writers
An immediately and universally relevant subject, language is the ideal theme to explore in a composition course. Language Awareness collects contemporary and classic readings about language that not only make students more aware of its uses and more capable of analyzing its effects, but also help them to deploy language more effectively in their own writing.
Paperback, 736 pages
Published February 2nd 2009 by Bedford/St. Martin's
(first published 1982)
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A couple of summers ago, to brush up on my knowledge of American history, I read a college American history textbook, The American Pageant. In the same spirit, this summer I read another college textbook, Language Awareness, a text on language and writing. Not only was it a good refresher on things I already knew but maybe had forgotten, but there was much in it that was new to me. If the only essay I took anything from was George Orwell's "Politics and the English Language," reading the entire ...more
Yes, I actually read this whole entire book. I'm using it for my freshman writing classes next semester, and wanted to read the whole thing so that I could choose the best essays to have my students read. There's lots of good essays in here, only a few that I really didn't like. Of course, there's lots of questions after the essays that they kind of have to include, which I don't plan on using. In the front section, there is a good bit on reading and writing well that I liked for the most part, ...more