>The evidence of this period (so far as we're aware of
>indicates that Tolkien tutored only students from the
>colleges, and gave no lectures, though he did briefly
>class on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
I knew of this, and read that as meaning lecturing.
At Tolkien's Oxford, lectures and classes weren't the same. Lectures
were given to (at least potentially) large groups of students, with
no questions taken or work assigned, and could be freely attended by
any member of the University; this was efficient (from an
administrative point of view) and egalitarian. Classes, in contrast,
were conducted with small groups of specifically enrolled students,
with the teacher pausing or willing to be interrupted for questions.
Some sources refer to classes as group conferences or seminars, and
some include both seminars and
classes, which we take to be
the same thing except, probably, for the number of students
involved. More personalized instruction would be given by one's
tutor, or tutors, who would lead discussions, assign and critique
essays, and recommend readings and lectures to attend.
Anyway, by these definitions (which, as the undersigned were
discussing earlier today, may differ between then and now, and
between the English and American experiences of higher education)
Tolkien did no lecturing in 1919-20.
Wayne & Christina