ERIC Number: ED184126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Developmental English in Theory and Practice.
Boerner, Francesca M.
The first portion of this paper discusses the procedure for placing freshmen in a remedial composition course at a small liberal arts college. The design of the basic skills test used for placement is criticized on the basis of the inappropriateness of both content and format (multiple choice) in determining which students required remedial writing instruction. The remainder of the paper describes the changes made at the college during a five-year period that include stricter admissions requirements, increased enrollment in the freshman remedial course, and an attempt to group remedial composition students based on basic skills test scores. Teaching techniques used in various sections of the course are mentioned, including frequent replacement of textbooks and having students read their writing aloud, participate in "community" composing of paragraphs and themes, and design and administer their own grammar tests. The general policies and grading procedures of the course's instructional staff are also explained. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Conference on English in the Two-Year College (15th, Birmingham, AL, February 21-23, 1980).