ERIC Number: ED345785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Relationship between Grades in Speech Communication 100 and Eligibility for Various English Writing Courses.
Isonio, Steven; Cooperman, Carol
In 1992, a study was conducted at Golden West College (GWC) in California to determine whether an English prerequisite should be required for a speech communication course and, if so, what level of English course was necessary. Fourteen sections of Speech Communication 100 were randomly chosen from the spring, summer, and fall semesters during the 1991 calendar year, representing a total of 410 students. The grades of students who completed the course were recorded from class rosters. Then, grades of the highest previous English class and placement tests for these students were examined. The following four categories were determined based on the level of the English course students had either placed out of or passed: higher than English 100; English 100; English 10; and English 9 or lower. Seventy-six of the 410 students in the sample had no apparent history with English courses or English course placement at GWC and were therefore excluded from the analyses. For the 334 students in the final sample, those who had already passed English 100, or a course for which English 100 was a prerequisite, had a success rate (i.e., a passing grade of A, B, or C) of 88.8% in Speech Communication 100, while the success rates for the English 100 and English 10 qualification groups were 85.6% and 82.3%, respectively. The success rate for the English 9 or lower group was 73.8%. A chi-square test performed on these data indicated that the two dimensions examined were not dependent. The study concluded that there was insufficient evidence to warrant implementation of any of the English eligibility levels as a prerequisite for Speech Communication 100. An appendix provides related data tables and graphs. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Golden West Coll., Huntington Beach, CA.