ERIC Number: ED348684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Non-Intrusive Grammar in Writing.
Roberts, Claudette M.; Boggase, Barbara A.
Since introducing a grammar unit can be daunting and frustrating for both teachers and students, a collaborative unit for a 10th-grade class was planned that would satisfy an administrative requirement but also maintain the integrity of the writing program. The unit was planned by developing an approach of non-intrusive grammar instruction at the computer based upon the work of Rei R. Noguchi. Noguchi's position derives from the polarized positions of the programmer instructors on the one side who place so much emphasis on mechanical errors that they "'red-ink' student writing to a fatal hemorrhage." and the "anti-grammar" teachers on the other side who basically ignore grammar mistakes in favor of content. Noguchi emphasizes the use of "operational" definitions by tapping the unconscious knowledge that all users of English already possess. By reading even the most preposterous student samples from a semantic perspective, almost all of them reveal, for example, an awareness of the concept of sentences. A sentence combining technique using a "matrix" and "insert" to produce a desired "result" showed that most students were able to identify incomplete or unclear sentence structures. The use of grammatical "tag" and "yes-no question" techniques also has proven effective in training students about sentence boundaries. Research results from the unit analysis bear this conclusion out: clearly, students had become more fluent at observing sentence boundaries throughout the unit. Part of the success can be attributed to the use of computers. Finally, student evaluations from the unit demonstrate that the objectives of the unit were satisfactorily achieved. (Three figures exhibiting the results of the study are attached.) (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Computers and Writing (8th, Indianapolis, IN, May 1-3, 1992).