ERIC Number: ED061944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of an Innovative Approach to English Composition Instruction. Phase One.
In an attempt to improve student preparedness for entry into transfer-level freshman English composition, the English department of Long Beach City College (California) inaugurated a new program to improve writing skills. In the past, students who demonstrated a deficiency in their command of English usage, by low achievement on a standardized English placement test, had to satisfactorily complete a course reviewing English essentials before enrolling in transfer-level freshman English composition. The new program fulfills the review course requirement but emphasis is placed on writing compositions rather than upon reviewing English grammar, punctuation, and fundamentals. Small discussion groups, and auto-tutorial instructional programs are used to assist students in correcting errors that hinder effective written communication. It was judged that the program's effectiveness should be evaluated before its regular adoption by the college. Use of "t" tests for means and proportions were employed to seek out pertinent significant differences between the new program and the existing traditional one. Data analysis revealed no significant differences between the two groups (.05 level) as to achievement grades, penalty grades, and Cooperative English Expression Test scores following completion of the programs. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: Long Beach City Coll., CA.