Monthly Archives: January 2009

The Reading Conundrum

The book for last week’s seminar meeting was Reading Rhetorically by John Bean, Virginia Chappell, and Alice Gillam.  As I noted in another post, this is designed as a freshman text, but I tend to use it as a teacher … Continue reading

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Virtual Amplifiers and Effects

Recording real guitar amplifiers can be a big hassle. If you’ve got a studio and you are making an important record, I’m sure it is the way to go. Until fairly recently, it was the only thing you could do … Continue reading

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Students as Pundits

More than 30 years ago the California State University implemented the English Placement Test (EPT) as an instrument for placing students in appropriate composition courses.  The test was innovative at the time because it was one of the early large-scale … Continue reading

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A New World of Orality?

In my seminar last night we discussed Walter Ong’s concepts of primary and secondary orality. Primary orality is the state of a society that has never known or developed literacy. The history of the group, lineages, myths, stories, and customs … Continue reading

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Is Literacy a Good Thing?

Our culture associates high levels of literacy with intelligence, civilization, and knowledge.  Much of our educational system is devoted to teaching and developing literacy.  We admire people who read quickly and who have read many books.  We scorn those who … Continue reading

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In Particular Pursuit of Tone

I have a 2005 Fender “Special Edition” Standard Telecaster.  So far, in search of noise reduction I have replaced the stock pickups with Guitar Fetish GFS Li’l Punchers XL, and less than a year later in search of a more … Continue reading

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Hiragana

Last night was the second meeting of the “Pedagogies of Reading” seminar.  The main event was to be the first two sections of Maryanne Wolf’s Proust and the Squid, but I had too many lead in activities, so we barely … Continue reading

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