ERIC Number: ED189611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Hanging Out the Shingle: The Writing Tutor.
The usefulness of teaching advanced composition in a writing tutorial program has been demonstrated at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst with students who have passed college freshman English and who feel they still need some work in their writing. Justification for using the tutorial method is based on the premise that a teacher cannot say anything useful about writing to a large group of writers. Generalities such as "simplify,""use strong verbs," and "be concise" often do harm to students for whom such instructions do not apply. Although no formal measurement has been taken of the program's success, the following informal observations have been made: over a period of six years, 14 of the 36 sections of advanced composition have moved to the tutorial method; faculty and students' comments have been positive; and tutorial sections are always over-full. The problems associated with a writing tutorial are that (1) the tutorial is expensive, (2) it makes bad teaching, as well as good, more effective, (3) it puts heavy demands on student writers, and (4) it does not incorporate reading, class discussion, peer evaluation, or any of the other techniques often suggested to motivate student writers. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association (Pittsburg, PA, 1977).