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Comeau-Kirschner, Cheryl; Shahar, Jed – Journal of Basic Writing, 2019
This collaborative writing intervention in one CUNY community college examined the effectiveness of mixing English language learners (ELLs) and native English speakers (NES) in advanced-level developmental writing courses. We describe the translingual approach to curriculum and intervention along with promising developmental education practices.…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Collaborative Writing, Instructional Effectiveness, Two Year College Students
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Caouette, Becky L. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2019
The author argues that significant inroads in the destigmatization of basic writing courses and students can be made when students are asked to choose not only which FYW course they believe best meets their needs (directed self-placement, or DSP) but also to choose from among a variety of courses (including corequisite courses, particularly those…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Freshman Composition, Student Placement, Course Selection (Students)
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Maloy, Jennifer – Journal of Basic Writing, 2019
This article argues the importance of designing writing placement procedures that support linguistic diversity at community colleges. Using data on community college writing programs and student demographics at an urban community college, it examines prevailing structures of ESL and developmental writing programs at two-year schools and identifies…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Language Usage, Student Diversity, Student Placement
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Athon, Amanda – Journal of Basic Writing, 2019
Scholars such as Diane Kelly-Riley and Patricia Bizzell have argued that the student writing feature most likely to place a student into a basic writing course is the presence of dialect other than standard academic English. This essay examines how assessment practices can foster students' diverse languages rather than inhibit them. I conducted a…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Writing Instruction, Writing Evaluation, College Students
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McBride, Maureen; Sweeney, Meghan A. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2019
Resurgence in college-level reading research has led to studies on rhetorical reading and reading transfer, but often absent from these discussions are student emotions about reading and themselves as readers. Our qualitative study explores these emotions by examining how basic writing students perceive ideal readers and reading difficulties. Our…
Descriptors: Emotional Response, College Students, Psychological Patterns, Reading Attitudes
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Komlos, Barbara Z. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2019
Native Americans are largely absent from the basic writing literature, yet their experiences and identity construction as emerging academic writers offer important insights for college writing instructors. This study addresses previous research on Native American college writers, the legacy of education and writing in Native communities, and the…
Descriptors: American Indian Students, American Indian Education, College Students, Alaska Natives
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Stanley, Sarah – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
Against a Racial Real backdrop, I argue for consciously adopting a sociocultural approach to style in linguistically and racially diverse Basic Writing classrooms. To make this argument, I focus on a multilingual writer named Tejada, who reveals how she had internalized a racialized stereotypical discourse about herself as a minority--a discourse…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Writing Instruction, Basic Writing, Multilingualism
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Reid, Lynn – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
Though practitioners in Basic Writing studies often refer to "the politics of remediation," there are few pedagogical models that address how to teach this facet of professional life to graduate students and emerging professionals. Most often, this knowledge is transmitted through storytelling, namely narrative-based accounts of Basic…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Remedial Programs, Graduate Study, Reading Assignments
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Gleason, Barbara – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
This essay provides a profile of an interdisciplinary master's program whose curriculum supports current and future adult educators seeking employment opportunities in higher education, adult literacy education, adult English language instruction, writing centers, and secondary education. A faculty administrator and five former graduate students…
Descriptors: Adult Educators, Adult Education, Adult Learning, Graduate Students
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Buell, Marcia Z. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
This article describes a version of the Seminar in Basic Writing Theory and Pedagogy, a Master's level course that Marcia Buell taught in summer 2017 at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Buell argues that because many MA students enter graduate courses in Basic Writing expecting that the course will show them how to "fix"…
Descriptors: Seminars, Masters Programs, Basic Writing, Graduate Students
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Peele, Thomas; Stoll, Vivian; Stella, Andréa – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
The authors of this essay discuss the impact of corpus collection and analysis on the writing program at The City College of New York, CUNY, the digital literacies encouraged by the corpus collection process, and how corpus studies can be used to support genre awareness and build communities of practice in basic writing classrooms and among…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction, Graduate Students, Discourse Communities
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Parisi, Hope – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
The question of who is the basic writer threads the history of Basic Writing, characterizing many disciplinary tensions and concerns. When traced to Basic Writing's beginnings as part of open admissions at CUNY, the question often links to Shaughnessy's "Errors and Expectations" as a telling of basic writers' language deficiencies. This…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Student Characteristics, History, Open Enrollment
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Bernstein, Susan Naomi – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
This essay, in letter form, introduces graduate-level study in Basic Writing to practicum students. It situates teaching practices within Basic Writing histories and pedagogies, and invites readers to focus widely, read deeply, and keep writing. Included are lessons from Bernstein's experiences in presenting David Bowie's artistic and cultural…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Basic Writing, Practicums, Writing Instruction
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Villanueva, Victor; Moeggenberg, Zarah C. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
For this essay, the authors provide an "introspective retrospective." A senior scholar of basic writing provides his views on the development of basic writing as one who began graduate school in rhetoric and composition two years after Mina Shaughnessy's 1977 Errors and Expectations. That perspective carries us through the discussions…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Basic Writing, Educational History, Oral Language
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Gray-Rosendale, Laura – Journal of Basic Writing, 2018
This essay extends arguments made by Gray-Rosendale in two earlier essays published within the Journal of Basic Writing (1999 and 2006), ones that focused on how basic writers' identities were being constructed in our scholarship. She traced developments in various approaches--developmentalist and grammar-based models (1970s), academic discourse…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Identification, Teaching Methods, Assignments
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