ERIC Number: ED202030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Views from Janus's Head: Older and Wiser Double-Takes on Freshman Standards.
Cooper, Elizabeth J.; Gilbert, William H.
The freshman composition courses at a southwestern university were originally designed with detailed and explicit standards for the first course, which emphasized grammar, while the standards for the two rhetoric courses were general and left much to the judgment of the teacher. No penalties were exacted for rhetorical or logical lapses, while precise and occasionally heavy penalties were demanded for grammatical errors. The flaws in this approach included the psychologically crippling emphasis on error for the novice writer and the fact that the final impromptu essay for the grammar class determined the grade for the entire course. Many legitimate benefits were expected from such an approach, but for every benefit realized, a problem arose, until the grammar course was totally void of rhetoric. To help balance grammar with rhetoric, the English department is considering rearranging the sequence, deferring the grammar course until students have reason to learn these skills. Other possibilities being considered are introducing content area reading into the writing classroom, peer tutoring, teachers and students writing together, and journal writing to replace some of the required papers. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Freshman Composition
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (12th, Cherry Hill, NJ, April 2-4, 1981).