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ERIC Number: ED234853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Writing for Adults: A Course History of a Remedial Writing Course.
Klink, William
As an effort to establish the effectiveness of writing remediation, this case study provides a descriptive history of Charles County Community College's (CCCC's) course, English 100, Introduction to Composition, aimed at establishing and strengthening skills in the use of words, sentences, paragraphs, and interrelated skills of spelling, grammar, and syntax. After a brief rationale for developing course histories in the face of retrenchment, the report presents a history of remedial English at CCCC from 1961, as represented in catalog descriptions of remedial courses. Next, changes in the structure of English 100 since 1973 are highlighted, including increased flexibility, a stress on student achievement, an emphasis on a student-centered format, and the adoption of two new texts. The following section presents data on student achievement in English 100 and subsequently in English 101 and 102, revealing that the mean grade in English 100 was 2.36, that 23.5% of the students elected to take English 101, and that 10% of these students passed the course. The final section discusses the purposes of English 100 from the viewpoints of faculty, counselors, and students. The report concludes that the course history makes a case for the effectiveness of CCCC's English program and justifies its retention, and identifies a trend in adults enrolling in the course to develop job skills. A student contract is appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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