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ERIC Number: ED114859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 252
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Small Groups in the Composition Class: A Case Study of Developing Linguistic Security and Written Fluency.
Koch, Carl James
Small groups provide an ideal environment for developing linguistic security (seeing one's language as acceptable to those with whom one is most concerned about communicating). In a case study of seven students representing a cross section of two composition classes, small groups did foster linguistic security and written fluency. From remarks made in journals, from answers on evaluation forms, and from pre- and post-surveys of language attitudes, it was determined that the students showed increased valuing of their linguistic competence, and illustrated that the small group communication was instrumental in their change in attitude. By measuring the length of the students' early essays compared to later themes, real gains in fluency could by seen. By counting cohesive ties and the number of different ties used in an essay, it was evident that there was steady improvement from the early essays to the last ones. Besides feeling more linguistically secure and being able to write more fluently, the case persons had more confidence in their ability to write and speak effectively. Consequently, small groups are a beneficial means of both developing linguistic confidence and aiding the students to become better writers. (Author/RB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: A.D. Dissertation, The University of Michigan