ERIC Number: ED180556
Record Type: RIE
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A Competency Based, Individualized Course Design for ENG [English] 101.
Ramsden, Patricia; Watkins, Clyde
A competency-based, individualized, English course was designed so that, at any one time, students would be working toward a grade of C, B, or A. While some students, based on a pre-course writing evaluation, might begin work at an advanced level, other students might spend the whole semester attempting to achieve the skills required for a C. Still others might achieve a grade of C at some point before the end of the semester and then choose to withdraw with that grade or to work toward a B. Once a B is achieved, the student can decide to withdraw with that grade or continue toward an A. Within each level, the student works sequentially on four skill areas: words, sentences, paragraphs, and themes. Advancement to the C, B, or A level is determined by the demonstration of competencies on an exit examination taken when the student feels adequately prepared. However, if the student should commit faults of a lower level, he or she must do "back-up" exercises before continuing to work on exit competencies. Students contract with their instructor to complete work on a schedule established within the first two weeks of the course. Students communicate with the instructor primarily through a folder, which contains a form used by the instructors to make assignments and comment on students' performance and the work students accomplish during class. (Competencies for each level are defined in this descriptive report.) (JP)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Behavioral Objectives, Community Colleges, Competence, Competency Based Education, Contracts, Course Descriptions, Course Objectives, English Instruction, Essays, Evaluation Criteria, Grades (Scholastic), Individualized Instruction, Mastery Learning, Mastery Tests, Paragraphs, Sentences, Two Year Colleges, Word Study Skills, Writing (Composition), Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Madisonville Community Coll., KY.