ERIC Number: ED139003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Focus on Error.
Shaughnessy, Mina P., Ed.; And Others
Journal of Basic Writing, v1 n1 Entire Issue Spring 1975
Because of open admissions policies at the college level, college English teachers are faced with increasing numbers of students whose writing skills are well below desired standards. This journal, addressed to the concerns of teachers who want to help such students, attempts in this issue to point out ways in which English teachers can examine students' writing errors fruitfully. Separate articles discuss the following topics: controversies surrounding the teaching of standard written English to dialect-speaking students; writing problems which stem from dialect interference; classification of student writing errors and strategies for helping students acquire the skills needed to eliminate such errors; attacking errors indirectly through helping students to learn correct sentence structure; Chinese language interference in written English; Spanish language influences on written English; and getting away from a fixation on error in order to get on to the business of writing. (GW)
Descriptors: Chinese Americans, College Freshmen, College Instruction, English Curriculum, English Instruction, Error Analysis (Language), Higher Education, Language Usage, Nonstandard Dialects, Sentence Structure, Spanish Speaking, Writing (Composition), Writing Skills
Journal of Basic Writing, Dept. of English, City College of New York, 138 and Convent Ave., New York, New York 10031 ($1.50 paper)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. City Coll. Dept. of English.