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ERIC Number: ED188173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
English for the '80s.
Johnson, Robert C.
In an attempt to predict the future of composition instruction in college English departments, this paper first reviews the development of freshman English and the so-called writing crisis and then reflects on the ongoing argument over composition course content. The present state of the English department of a midwestern college is described in the context of a report of the results of a series of sentence combining experiments, the growing recognition of the college's writing lab, and the institution of a campus-wide survey of all undergraduates' writing ability. The results of the survey are listed, indicating that freshman English has a positive effect on students' writing ability. The survey results are discussed as the impetus for the English faculty's developing a six-point position paper. A forecast for future college English departments suggests the probability of an upgrading of and emphasis on the teaching of composition and the building of "true" departments of English and American language and literature. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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 College English Association (11th, Dearborn, MI, April 10-12, 1980).