ERIC Number: ED168032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Why Our Efforts with Remedial Writers Fail.
Duke, Charles R.
Remedial writers tend to be students who have never written very much, who come from families or neighborhoods in which more than one language may be spoken, and who have sensed their problems but have been unable or unwilling to do much to alleviate the difficulties. Unfortunately, the environment and attitudes of many college remedial programs often represent only one more cage for many of these students. Because little stature is given to individuals who work in remedial programs, many tend to be staffed by unqualified personnel. This situation can lead to serious attitude problems that inhibit students' progress. Structure is another major cause of the failure of remedial writing programs: they lack flexibility, clearly defined goals, and materials that are matched with the learners. Another concern is what happens to remedial writers when they leave a basic writing program. The supportive atmosphere of such a program may lull them into thinking they will receive special treatment everywhere. They also tend to have poor reading skills, and the process of catching up is slow and painful for them. Some suggestions for improving basic writing courses include developing better teacher training, educating the public about the need for staff and materials, working with publishers to get better materials, and continuing to investigate better ways to teach remedial writing students. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania State College and University System Conference on Basic Writing (Indiana, Pennsylvania, September 1978)