ERIC Number: ED157092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
An Adjunct Course for English Composition.
Woods, William F.
Since it was believed that proper instruction in basic grammar skills requires systematic treatment, a separate elective course in grammar, spelling, and vocabulary was added to the curriculum at Wichita State University. Students enrolled in beginning composition courses receive a diagnostic language skills examination, with those scoring below the 39th percentile being encouraged to enroll in English 011 that semester. Most of the 30 to 40 students in English 011 each semester have not taken the composition course, however. Three programmed texts are used in the course, which is offered on a credit or noncredit basis. Student response to English 011 has been almost entirely favorable, although some students have expressed a need for more individualized instruction. Although the present focus of the course is on sentence structure, efforts to teach within the context of the composing process will add purpose to the units on spelling and vocabulary. Since English 011 requires no former study or knowledge, it constitutes a bridge between the general public and the world of the university. (JF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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