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ERIC Number: ED352843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 24
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Developing a Writing Curriculum for Academically Underprepared College ESL Students.
Bosher, Susan
The Commanding English Program at the University of Minnesota is designed to meet the educational and social needs of academically underprepared students whose native language is not English. Most of the students in this population are Southeast Asian refugees with interrupted education who have finished high school in the United States. The program is a 3-quarter sequence of intensive coursework that concentrates on reading and writing for academic purposes. The writing component is comprised of three courses built on the process model of composition. The first course focuses on personal narrative writing to develop confidence and interest. Students are encouraged to explore cultural issues in theme assignments. The second course integrates reading and writing and provides a bridge from personal to academic writing. Students explore topics of cultural and educational significance in their writing exercises. The third course is content- and research-based, with the objective of initiating students into the academic discourse of the university. By the end of the sequence, students are expected to meet minimum freshman composition standards. A 24-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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