ERIC Number: ED200121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Ready for College? (Freshmen Assess Their Preparation in English).
The views of incoming college freshmen at the College of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, about the adequacy of their preparation in language were assessed as part of the college's annual 1978 entrance testing program. Students were asked to write an essay on this topic, along with a second essay about the value of a college education, which is described in a separate report. Three distinct groups of students were identified: those who felt unready and unable to cope with college-level reading and writing assignments (53 percent); those who had rated themselves as prepared for college course work (26 percent); and those who failed to answer the test question as directed (20 percent) (instead of discussing their language ability or preparedness, these students talked about language competence or education generally). The factors to which students attributed their language difficulties were classified into the following eight categories: lack of instruction, automatic promotion, students' personal shortcomings, overcrowding, teachers' incompetence, use of nonprint insturctional materials, home environment, and the media. Lack of instruction and practice in earlier schooling was named most often (44.5 percent of all complaints). Students' perceptions of their problems with regard to speaking, reading, and writing, and anticipated consequences of their language problems, are considered, along with their views of the contributing factors, based on unedited excerpts from their essays. Entrance test scores and the sex ratio of students of the three types of respondents are compared. (SW)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College English, College Freshmen, College Preparation, Communication Skills, Educational Background, Educational Needs, Essays, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Language Skills, Reading Skills, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: College of Cape Breton NS
Note: For related document, see HE 013 606.