ERIC Number: ED332243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Rhetorical and Grammatical Tests To Enter Students as Mass Communication Majors.
Moberg, Virgil B.
Many universities rely on multiple choice or true/false tests to admit students to mass communication programs. The high stakes that prospective majors face suggest that there is an urgent need for departments to rethink their assumptions about entrance testing, as a narrow conception of scholastic ability can undermine any attempt to "weed out" the under-prepared student. Recent research suggests that rhetorical "modeling" may be the best method for teaching writing. Although modeling is a highly accepted and effective method for teaching news writing, most departments that employ modeling in the upper division reporting classes rely on rote learning to enroll journalism majors. The test attempts to measure writing proficiency by assessing the ability to identify and correct grammatical errors. An alternative testing system is needed to better judge student strengths in more than one area of learning. One idea is to administer two tests: an objective skills test, and an essay test. Or departments could use the CUNY Writing Skills Assessment Test, which tests an understanding of essay organization, and the TEEP (Testing in English for Educational Purposes) test developed by Cyril Weir, which reflects a "communicative paradigm" for testing reading comprehension, writing, and speaking. (PRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers: Communications Curriculum; Composition Theory; Rhetorical Competence; Writing Quality; Writing Skills Assessment Test
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern States Communication Association (Tampa, FL, April 3-7, 1991).