General semantics at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention.Gregg Hoffmann, Andrea Johnson, Katherine Liepe-Levinson and Steve Stockdale represented general semantics at the annual convention for the National Council of Teachers of English Mission
As stated on their official website, the NCTE ( National Council of Teachers of English) is a professional organization dedicated to "improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. (NCTE) held in San Francisco November 21-23, 2003. They presented a 75-minute panel session entitled, "General Semantics and Critical Literacy: Interdisciplinary Approaches That Enable Students to Become Better Problem-Solvers and Critical Thinkers."
The handouts associated with the session and the corresponding Power-Point presentations are available on the Institute of General Semantics The Institute of General Semantics is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1938 by Alfred Korzybski, located in Fort Worth, Texas. Its membership roles include members from 30 different countries. website, www.general-semantics.org.
The Institute also sponsored a booth in the exhibit hall, ably staffed by Gregg, Andrea, Kathy and Steve. Steve estimates that 250-300 visitors stopped by the booth or picked up materials, including the new IGS brochures, bookmarks, presentation handouts, complimentary copies of ETC ETC - ExTendible Compiler. Fortran-like, macro extendible. "ETC - An Extendible Macro-Based Compiler", B.N. Dickman, Proc SJCC 38 (1971). and the CD from the recent Las Vegas GS conference, and (most surprisingly) Mardi Gras beads left over from the conference. The topic that generated the most booth discussion related to media literacy, with teachers from 6th grade to college expressing interest, particularly in the ISGS-published workbook, Mapping the Media prepared by Gregg Hoffmann and Paul D. Johnston. Six people joined the Institute at the convention and over fifty others signed up to receive more information.
Although few NCTE visitors knew of the connections, two prominent figures at the convention have direct links to general semantics. Keynote speaker Robert MacNeil, formerly half of the popular PBS "NewsHour" program with Jim Lehrer (the "MacNeil-Lehrer Report"), wrote the introduction to the Fifth Edition of Hayakawa's Language in Thought and Action.
MacNeil was introduced by Richard W. Bailey, the Fred Newton Scott Fred Newton Scott (1860-1931) was an American writer, educator and rhetorician. In the preface to The New Composition Rhetoric, Newton Scott states “that composition is…a social act, and the student [should] therefore constantly [be] led to think of himself as Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan (body, education) University of Michigan - A large cosmopolitan university in the Midwest USA. Over 50000 students are enrolled at the University of Michigan's three campuses. The students come from 50 states and over 100 foreign countries. . Dr. Bailey worked closely with Allen Walker Read, Honorary Trustee of the Institute, editing and writing the introduction to the collection of Allen's articles, Milestones in the History of English in America.
The next opportunity for convention exposure will come March 24-27, 2004, at the Conference on College Composition and Communication The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC, affectionately referred to as Four C's) is a national professional association of college and university writing instructors in the USA. in San Antonio, Texas “San Antonio” redirects here. For other uses, see San Antonio (disambiguation).
San Antonio is the second most populous city in Texas, the third most populous metropolitan area in Texas, and is the seventh most populous city in the United States. As of the 2006 U.S. . The next NCTE annual convention is scheduled for Indianapolis, November 18-23, 2004.