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Picture This Picture this: you are trying to hold a class discussion, You're writing like mad on the chalkboard; you've got some fantastic questions, ones you've chosen especially for discussion purposes; and you've even brought in the overhead projector. And they are sitting like stones. One in the back row is snoring and two in front are doodling on your handout. This isn't how you pictured it when you were planning it. You imagined everyone excited to say anything. They disagree with each other, but politely and elegantly. Everybody has something to say and everyone lets them. Teachers tend to be frustrated and frustrated with class discussions, I know I often have been. Either they do not say a word or all of them talk simultaneously, rudely interrupting one another. I have often walked after class feeling as I had completely failed. Yet, I press ahead together. Why? Are they appreciating them? Are they studying how to write better? Why should I devote class time to something which could so easily go wrong? Why don't you simply lecture, or only write or only discuss in little groups? Since I frankly believe class discussions are important in not only learning, but in learning how to write. In the course of this class, we have discussed the differences between written and spoken language. Plus it has been generally agreed upon that spoken language is easier than written language. Yet, we seem to have agreed that it is necessary to have a strong grasp of spoken language before learning to write. This is the normal development for children. They learn to speak and then we proceed to teaching them how to compose. Keep this idea in mind. And I concur that spoken language is simpler, in a conversational way. We talk to our.