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ERIC Number: ED049895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 9
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Clozing the Gap: An Approach to Solving Reading Problems at San Jose City College.
Hunter, Charles F.
The necessity to provide instruction in reading is widespread in community colleges, due primarily to the liberal enrollment policies these colleges generally have. The program at San Jose City College uses the Davis Reading Test and the Iowa Silent Reading Test as part of its entrance battery and assigns students to either regular or one of two noncredit, pass-fail, remedial English classes on the basis of scores on the speed section of the Davis test. Regular English instructors, reading teachers, and graduate students in English acting as paraprofessionals teach the remedial reading and writing sections. Emphasis is on skill development, beginning with isolated skill areas and working toward integration of skills in successful critical reading. Machines such as tachistoscopes and language masters supplement class instruction, and the use of clozure activities to strengthen vocabulary and comprehension has been particularly successful. Evaluation of 310 students in remedial sections in the spring of 1970 showed an average gain of nearly 2 years as measured by the Iowa test. Future plans for the program include extending instruction into various departments of the college. References are included. (MS)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the Western College Reading Association, Los Angeles, Calif., Apr. 1-3, 1971