Question: What should the academic program of English majors consist of?
Answer: “Responding teachers recommended that English majors’ programs in colleges decrease the proportion of course work devoted to literature and increase the proportion devoted to grammar, composition, speech and reading.” JE Boyle, 1983, 218.
Comment: If students are training to be English teachers in secondary schools, a more balanced program might be of more practical help. Teaching English in secondary schools is not just literature. Grammar, composition, speech and reading are difficult to teach, and they are the responsibility of the secondary English teacher. RayS.
Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of Literature and the Teaching of Writing.” DJ Dieterich and RH Behm. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1984), 201-218.