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ERIC Number: ED149351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
Composition Basics for College Prep Students.
Bamberg, Betty
When the English-placement examination essays of college freshmen who had passed the examination were compared with essays of students who had failed, it was found that the most-important differences between the two groups of essays occurred in the area of content development and organization rather than in spelling, grammar, or punctuation. A survey was made of the high school composition instruction experienced by the two groups; findings indicated that the amount of instruction in grammar and spelling did not differ significantly, but that students who wrote passing essays had received more instruction in developing and organizing essay content and had had more opportunity to write short expository essays than had students who wrote failing essays. It is concluded that, contrary to the belief of "back-to-the-basics" advocates, grammar instruction, by itself, will not result in more-effective student writing and training in expository writing should be an important part of the college-preparatory curriculum. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Association of Teachers of English (19th, Los Angeles, February 18-20, 1977)