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Are you worried that your 17-year-old daughter might write her college essay entirely in emojis? That your seventh-grade son wouldn’t know a capital letter if it walked up and bit him on the ankle? With the rise of texting and the ubiquity of Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter, it often seems like no one under the age of 30 cares about language anymore.
Join veteran English teacher Benjamin Gott for a fun and interactive presentation as he argues exactly the opposite: Not only do these new methods of communication have clearly defined rules, but it is only by unpacking and understanding these rules that young people will be able to understand the formal guidelines of grammar, writing, and mechanics that they’ll need to get ahead. Free and open to the public. Students and parents welcome! Registration required.
About the presenter:
Gott has been fascinated by the power, complexity, and flexibility of language since he was a child. Over the last 18 years, he has helped hundreds of students conquer their fears of reading and unlock the joys of writing. The former director of Summer Writing Programs at Choate, Gott has taught English at Greens Farms Academy since 2007. He also writes frequently for both regional and national publications (and sends the occasional text message, too). Gott lives in Fairfield, where he enjoys watching horror movies, listening to 90s R&B, recording songs in his spare bedroom, and reading just about anything he can get his hands on.