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Authors give presentations on teaching language arts

Jan. 23, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Two authors of a new book about language arts teacher education will share their expertise in a Jan. 28 presentation sponsored by the Western Michigan University Department of English.

Dr. Jonathon Bush, WMU assistant professor of English, and Dr. Janet Alsup, assistant professor of English curriculum and instruction at Purdue University will talk about their book, "But Will It Work with REAL Students: Scenarios for Teaching Language Arts," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, on the 10th floor of Sprau Tower. A workshop on the topic is scheduled in the same location at 10 a.m. the next morning--Thursday, Jan. 29. Both events are free and open to the public.

The book by Bush and Alsup "illustrates the benefits of using real-life vignettes to highlight situations that allow undergraduate teacher candidates to learn to engage with English language arts issues within specific and authentic contexts," according to a review published by the National Council of Teachers of English.

For more information on the presentation and workshop, call (269) 387-2605.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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