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ERIC Number: ED149343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 13
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The Composition Program: The Hole of It.
Gillespie, Vincent
As cutbacks continue to be made in college programs and faculty, composition programs will have to prove themselves effective or else face massive cutbacks. To improve their programs, composition instructors should abandon the ineffective approaches of the past, which have been based on formal courses in the principles of good composition, and should recognize that students learn to be literate writers not through the study of rhetoric, but through constant directed practice in writing. They should make an effort to organize programs based on student needs, to establish competency based requirements and forget the credit hour fixation, to establish university-wide programs to improve student writing, and to assist other departments in developing writing programs. In addition, they should attempt to make effective use of the composition teaching budget, to choose staff members on the basis of their teaching ability rather than on the basis of their formal academic training, and to develop programs for nontraditional students. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (28th, Kansas City, Missouri, March 31-April 2, 1977)