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ERIC Number: ED071647
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Work in Progress -- Toward Mosaic Patterns for Community College English Programs.
Strasser, William C.
This article principally summarizes: (1) highlights of some of the "work in progress," or developments taking place, in English programs in community colleges, (2) some of the reasons why changes are likely to continue to take place in community college English programs, and (3) a proposal for a "mosaic pattern" that could provide a relatively different future role for English programs in community colleges. Historically, the lower division English courses in universities and senior colleges have been patterned so as to form a required two-academic-year, general-education sequence. Numerous reasons can be cited for the recent, current, and probable future flux and uncertainty about the direction of community college English. University and senior college English faculties have been caught up in the general redefinition of the purposes of higher education and in the changes being effected in collegiate curricular patterns during the past few years. Another reason for the flux is the academic recognition and respectability being accorded the various media systems and symbol systems used by contemporary Americans. Essential mosaic patterns for the English programs could consist of the following elements: (1) The program could be titled something like "American Symbolic Culture"; (2) A mosaic pattern should include a selection of course modules which would support the varied backgrounds of students; (3) The program should allow a maximum of elective choice for the student; (4) The program should provide a means for a student's writing proficiency to be certified; and (5) The program should provide flexible timing arrangements. (CK)
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Authoring Institution: Montgomery Coll., Rockville, MD.