ERIC Number: ED147804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
When the Composition Instructor is Inadequate.
Murphy, William A.
In order to indicate the severity of a student's writing difficulties, this paper reproduces portions of his written work in a remedial composition course and examines the following corrective measures attempted by the instructor: shortening all writing assignments, using exercises from basic grammar texts, studying examples of the student's earlier writings, and assigning the writing of comic book dialogue to capitalize on the student's intense interest in comic books. Although none of the measures was successful, and the student received an F grade for the course, the instructor discovered two factors that may have contributed to the student's writing problems: the nonstandard language patterns in the comic books he read may have adversely influenced his writing style; and an earlier teacher's tendency to give his papers two grades--one for thought and one for writing--may have permitted the student to focus on content and to ignore the development of his writing skills. The paper concludes by wondering whether there are solutions to the problems of such students. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (28th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 31-April 2, 1977)