ERIC Number: ED227505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Grammar Competency and Business Communications.
Waltman, John L.
A study sought to determine the relationship between grammar competency and success in a business communication course. Students completed a written English competency test consisting of 25 sentences, each with one of eight kinds of errors, including comma splice and incorrect pronoun reference. Students were then asked to choose the one appropriate correction from among four choices. Data, which consisted of the test scores and the students' written report and course grades, were collected from 236 students in 25 different sections of a basic business communications course taught at a large state university. Completion of the entire freshman English sequence was a prerequisite for the course. The study found (1) a significant, but relatively low correlation between written report grades and scores on the usage test; (2) a moderate correlation between final course grade and grammatical competency; (3) a slight relationship between students' reactions to past writing classes and their scores on the test; and (4) a significant relationship between competency scores and the likelihood of a student completing the course. The results indicate that student grades for formal reports and for the course could be raised by improving their grammatical competency, and that negative student attitudes toward grammar instruction can be overcome. The grammar test used in the study proved to be a good predictor of success. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Southwest Division of the American Business Communication Association (Houston, TX, March 10-12, 1983).