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I'm afraid Sarah Churchwell has no idea what she i...

2007-07-20T03:14:00.000+01:00

I'm afraid Sarah Churchwell has no idea what she is talking about. I can't speak for the intelligence of British students, but very few of the normal American university students that I have seen know how to write. And they certainly do not know their grammar. I have taught writing to university students and my partner is a university professor. American students are equally as ignorant. They don't know the parts of speech, and they can't even spot a complete sentence when it's put in front of them.

From what I can tell, Churchwell is just one of those extremely lucky people who has a job in a university where the students are expected to know the basics. Perhaps she should take the time to study the laziness of the English-speaking student in general, because it appears that this is a problem in every part of the world



I'm afraid that Sara Churchwell's observations wou...

2007-07-17T11:57:00.000+01:00

I'm afraid that Sara Churchwell's observations would be just as true of Australia. I spend a lot of time on technically oriented web sites, and it is striking that most of the clearest and grammatically correct writing is by Europeans (notably Swedes, Germans and the Dutch) who are writing in a second language.



This is not sour grapes, since I've had a grant or...

2007-07-16T21:44:00.000+01:00

This is not sour grapes, since I've had a grant or two in Ontario, but granting, for some reason, fosters mediocrity.
I am wondering where those angry young men and their angry old typewriters are today, here in Ontario after thirty years.

Hardly anything of quality produced all that time.
Just remaindeered dogs in the bookstores.

Ivan



The most beautiful people I've ever seen were in C...

2007-07-15T04:12:00.000+01:00

The most beautiful people I've ever seen were in Croatia. Sorry I missed that trip.



Enjoyed Sarah Churchwell's article, but I take exc...

2007-07-12T19:08:00.000+01:00

Enjoyed Sarah Churchwell's article, but I take exception to her complaint about the proliferation of capital letters in the writing of her students.

I learned capitalization as technique from that master of serious prose, AA Milne, and I believe it can be A Very Good Thing when properly employed.



A nice article on Bloggasm--I couldn't agree more ...

2007-07-12T14:54:00.000+01:00

A nice article on Bloggasm--I couldn't agree more heartily with the positive spirit that goes into putting out an online magazine. The interaction with the authors in the drafts and final product, in fact, is almost more fun than hitting "send" when it's all done.