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ERIC Number: ED158244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Developing and Measuring Mature Syntax.
Tomlinson, Barbara; Straehley, Marcia
Students' abilities in manipulation and control of syntax may be increased through a sequence of instruction involving the use of exercises termed "Non-Sentence Practice,""Nonsense-Sentences Practice," and "Syntactic Patterning Practice." The final step in the instruction sequence is to make the syntactic exercises pertinent to students' writing by having them apply these lessons to their standard expository assignments. To determine whether or not students have matured in their use of written syntax, several methods may be used: clause length, subordination indices, type of subordination and unit length, and indices of sentence-combining transformations. Methods such as incidence of usage errors and length of sentences are not as valuable. The most useful index is length of T-Unit (Minimal Terminal Unit) since it is easy to count, simple to use, objective, and demonstrates a clear progression toward maturity in syntactical control. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western College Reading Association (11th, Long Beach, California, March 16-19, 1978)