Do you teach a late sophomore or early junior level introduction to literary genres in a language other than English?
This is the course in which you learn to scan poetry. You learn to do close readings of four genres. You learn to formulate an analytical thesis statement. You learn all sorts of rhetorical terms. You learn to write expository prose in that language.
I am thinking that some of these things should now be taught later. I am thinking that the thesis statements and expository prose have to go. Perhaps all the assignments should be much more exploratory and creative, and this course should not be writing intensive in the traditional way.
I have my reasons for thinking these things, but none of them is that “the students are less good than they were.” What do you do / what do you think?