Freshmen getting first-hand exposure to literature
By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 14, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2011 at 8:14 p.m.
We think it is a good idea to tie the American Book Review literary authors' works to literature and English curriculum at the University of Houston-Victoria.
UHV personnel offered the pilot curriculum last semester and had favorable response from freshmen taking English 1302 classes - the second semester of freshmen English.
The works of American Book Review featured speakers will be the focus of the new curriculum.
We think this affords the students a great opportunity to hear these authors, talk to them and write analysis of works presented. And this makes the class work more relevant and inspiring, having heard them right here in Victoria.
As noted in the Advocate's Feb. 9 story about this pilot curriculum, the idea of tying curriculum to authors is one that was born in Ivy League schools.
The ABR speakers represent a diverse group of authors - all searching and working to break ground in literature.
We congratulate UHV's English Department for pursuing excellence in the university experience for its students. And we look forward to hearing about the new curriculum's success.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.