(This posting includes a handout which you are welcome to use with your students.)
Imagine that you are mainstream instructor (e.g. Psychology, English Comp, Economic), and as students enter the classroom, some stop to talk to you.
First, Josh approaches you and says, “That article you told us to read was so boring.”
Later, Ryan mentions to you, “I found some interesting information in that article you told us to read.”
Of course you want your students to give their honest opinion, but it’s only natural that you’ll probably have a better impression of Ryan than Josh. That positive impression could even have a favorable outcome for him when you are assigning grades.
This post is about a writing technique that our ESL students can use in their mainstream (academic) classes which can make a positive impression on their instructors.
Most instructors in any field think that their subject area is very interesting. For example, psychology, history, economics, English lit and engineering instructors often think that their subjects are the most interesting and important ones in the world. Needless to say, they love to hear their students say that they also think their classes are fascinating. Thus, our students can use this insight to stand out in the minds of their instructors. And it could affect their grade in a positive way.
In addition, it involves good critical thinking.