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ERIC Number: ED168018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Investigating Error in the Writing of Nontraditional College Students.
Epes, Mary; And Others
Many students, especially nontraditional ones, are not ready for conventional instruction in composition because their problems with the medium overwhelm the content of their writing. There are two different needs for composition students: composing (content) and editing (correctness), which need to be taught in a two-step process. Composing can be taught in a traditional classroom setting, while editing can be developed in a self-teaching laboratory. Three assumptions underlie one program that uses this process: error is not trivial, error can be explained, and what can be explained can be taught. Some reasons error occurs include interference between nonstandard speech and the grammar of standard written English, ignorance of scribal conventions, and difficulties in mastering complex written syntax uncommon to spoken English and inflectional endings not reflected in some students' speech patterns. Error correction can best occur through practice in using standard grammatical forms. This can increase students' fluency and rhetorical development and improve their attitudes toward writing. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association of America (93rd, New York City, December 27-30, 1978) ; Page 11 may be marginally legible due to print