ERIC Number: ED206000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Reading Deficiencies: Stumbling Blocks to Progress in Writing?
Before an effective program can be developed to help the remedial writing student, instructors must dispel the myth that college students can read college level materials. Related to this assumption is the belief that those who cannot read in college cannot do so because of a lack of intelligence. Clearly what is important in understanding the connection between reading and writing difficulties is simply the recognition that many students are, in fact, poor readers and that this deficiency may be the basis for many of the problems a student is having, not only in writing classes but in other classes as well. Teachers forget that, because there is no necessary connection between reading ability and intelligence or speaking ability, poor readers may be orally fluent and, in fact, may be better at remembering material presented to them orally. Teachers also forget that there are important differences between written and spoken language that may allow students' facility with oral language to conceal their deficiencies in reading and writing. Since much of the recent research seems to suggest a link between writing and reading deficiencies, it would be useful for writing teachers to know more about the testing of reading, about reading theory generally, and about ways to integrate reading and writing in the classroom. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Writing Relationship
Note: Paper presented at the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (Bend, OR, October 30-November 1, 1980).