ERIC Number: ED027001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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Large-Group Instruction in Remedial English.
Freligh, Edith A.
For three years (including 1968-69), remedial English has been taught at Golden West College (California) to groups of 200-365 students. Follow-up studies, begun with the opening of the College, have indicated that the student who completes the remedial program and proceeds to freshman composition has a better chance of success (C or better) than the initially qualified student who was not required to enroll in remedial courses. Two main problems were faced: (1) 60-70% of the entering freshmen require remedial English; (2) most instructors are prepared to teach only literature and have little interest in composition and grammar. Only enthusiastic and qualified teachers, therefore, are selected to offset the hostility and/or indifference of the students and the difficulties of large-group instruction. Course content and objectives are carefully defined. An intense schedule--daily classes for a 9-week term--is recommended for reinforcement. Details of the College programs in Basic English Review and Basic Writing Review are given, including schedule, class size, teaching methods, testing and grading, statistical results, workload credit for the staff, and distribution of students from large to small groups. The College uses a test of its own making (rather than ACT or SCAT) and plans to adopt an audio-tutorial system in Fall 1969. This system will not require additional staff as it can be supervised by a full-time, paraprofessional tutor. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: Golden West Coll., Huntington Beach, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California