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ERIC Number: ED064680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Pages: 15
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Communications English: A Successful Language Arts Program at the Secondary Level.
Ferris, Francis X.
The main purpose of this pilot study is to describe the Communications English (CE) program that was designed to help underachievers gain competence in communications skills. The subjects were 75 tenth graders assigned to three CE classes and 75 Regent English (State recommended English syllabus) tenth grade students. Based on diagnosis of pretest scores, an instructional prescription was prepared for each CE student. As the student progressed through different materials, his prescription was updated and adjusted to his needs. Multimedia instruments such as controlled readers, tachistoscopes, and cassette players were used to set up learning stations. Data pertaining to the improvement of reading, writing, and listening skills are: (1) the Nelson-Denny Reading Test indicated increase from the pre and posttest scores, (2) the Brown-Carlsen Listening Test indicated a jump from the 42nd to the 52nd percentile, (3) improvement in the area of writing, (4) a grade improvement from the ninth year in school, and (5) CE students, teachers, and parents exhibited a positive attitude toward the program. Findings indicate that a program that involves students in their own learning environment holds much promise and the success of CE would indicate more testing of its effectiveness. (WR)
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Note: Speech given at the Annual Convention of the International Reading Assn. (17th, Detroit, May 10-13, 1972)