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ERIC Number: ED057038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
Pages: 5
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Hooked on English Teacher-Initiated, Interest-Oriented, Nongraded, Student Elective, Student Acceptance, Curricular Hang-Ups.
Taylor, Susan; Henderson, Howard
Ohio English Bulletin, v12 n3 p4-8 September 1971
This article describes an unusual program that has been developed without the use of federal funds, a new high school English curriculum that is in its third year of operation. In all, 50 courses are offered for students' pre-registration. Each student chooses six nine-week, one-quarter credit courses. He is assured of being enrolled in a minimum of four of the courses. This policy has encouraged an exodus from study halls to English classes and also permits students deficient in credits to make up for lost time. In answer to the students' complaint that having the same class all year was unendurable, teachers recommended that all elective courses should be offered on a nine-week basis. To convince students that language arts really had a "new look," creative titles were given to each of the courses. The Madison program offers the advantages of nongraded and multi-age grouping. Students have the opportunity to judge their own ability to enroll in courses in which they believe they are capable of achieving. Increased enrollment, positive attitudes, grade improvement, and additional courses indicate the success of the Elective English program. Other advantages of this program are: (1) It is student centered and of interest to students; (2) It allows for individual differences; (3) It permits teachers to be a responsible force in the construction and implementation of the project. (CK)
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