I hope you all had good holidays and that 2002 is starting well for you.
I also hope someone can help me with two matters.
1. My students use the term "grammar" to include usage, punctuation,
etc. As I understand it, the word _grammar_ actually refers only to the
rules of syntax.
Does anyone know a term that would replace my current chant: grammar,
usage, punctuation, spelling, mechanics and I think one other term I can't
remember at the moment? Mechanics I understand style guide stuff on paper
size, formatting, etc. (Should it also include the format of
citations?) Surely there must be on term for all this rhetorically
important surface stuff.
2. This question is trickier. The chair of our senate committee which is
considering writing instruction at SFU (including writing-intensive
courses, supported by us, in other departments). And he asks, what is the
exemplary writing program in Canada. Let me modify that to this: to which
Canadian writing programs would you direct a person engaged in such a task?
Thanks for whatever help you can offer.
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