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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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Corcoran, Lucas – Journal of Basic Writing, 2017
This article uses the translingual turn in composition/rhetoric studies as a springboard to argue for the development of students' meta-linguistic and meta-rhetorical awareness as it took place for first-year college writers in the local context of a SEEK classroom at a branch college of the City University of New York. I theorize and describe a…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Metacognition, College Freshmen, Case Studies
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MacDonald, Michael T.; DeGenaro, William – Journal of Basic Writing, 2017
This essay describes the process of reassessing our BW program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in order to cultivate a more deliberate, transparent negotiation among stakeholders toward a "transcultural ethos." Informed by Bruce Horner's argument that leading-edge work on language and language difference can take place in BW, we…
Descriptors: Student Characteristics, Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Language Usage
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Parmegiani, Andrea – Journal of Basic Writing, 2014
This article reports on my attempt to use storytelling as an entry point into academic discourse in a learning community designed to meet the learning needs of ESL students who recently emigrated from the Dominican Republic. Based on research suggesting a correlation between academic success in a second language and first language literacy skills,…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Ethnography, Case Studies, Community Colleges
Hall, Anne-Marie; Minnix, Christopher – Journal of Basic Writing, 2012
Critical analysis of the literacy narrative assignment within the context of the other genres in a basic writing course complicates understandings of the political import of the assignment. While several advocates of the literacy narrative have argued that it has the power of what Jean-François Lyotard has called petits récits, the authors argue…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Assignments
Roozen, Kevin – Journal of Basic Writing, 2012
Dominant perspectives of basic writers' self-sponsored literacies tend to overlook the important roles such activities can play in literate development. Drawn from texts, interviews, and participant-observations collected during a five-year study, this article continues the examination of the relationship between one writer's curricular and…
Descriptors: Comedy, Literacy, Basic Writing, Role
Horner, Bruce – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
I frame the continuing value of basic writing as part of a long tradition in composition studies challenging dominant beliefs about literacy and language abilities, and I link basic writing to emerging--e.g."translingual"--approaches to language. I identify basic writing as vital to the field of composition in its rejection of simplistic notions…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Literacy, Language, English
Ewert, Doreen E. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
The early success of the revised ESL literacy development curriculum for international undergraduates at a large Midwestern university suggests that a curriculum which integrates reading and writing activity around meaning-making tasks with texts and focuses on fluency before accuracy is preferable to a skill-based curriculum. Support for this…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Foreign Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Roozen, Kevin – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
In an effort to live up to Elaine Richardson's dictum that educators and researchers must address "the total linguistic, cultural, and historical background of the learner" (19), basic writing scholarship has addressed a wealth of competencies that basic writers bring with them to the university. The literate lives they lead beyond the…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Undergraduate Students, Writing (Composition), Case Studies
Zamel, Vivian; Spack, Ruth – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
Language and literacy are situated in specific classroom contexts and are acquired as students engage with the subject matter and tasks of these courses. Therefore, all faculty--not just those who teach courses devoted to teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL)--are responsible for contributing to multilingual students' acquisition…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Qualitative Research, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
McBeth, Mark – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2006
Basic writing has played a large role in the history and institutional identity of the City University of New York (CUNY). From the Open Admissions era of Mina Shaughnessy to the present day, "remedial courses" at CUNY have been revised in response to different colleges' missions, curricular initiatives, university policies, and public…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Remedial Instruction, Courses, Public Colleges
Ryden, Wendy – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2005
Literacy narratives have been pedagogically important in writing instruction, particularly in the basic writing class, as a means for students to interrogate the politics of language and education and thus to establish a critical connection to writing. But the literacy narrative as a critical genre is problematic. Such narratives often are…
Descriptors: Working Class, Basic Writing, Literacy, Personal Narratives
Murie, Robin; Collins, Molly Rojas; Detzner, Daniel F. – Journal of Basic Writing, 2004
U.S. high school graduates for whom the home language is not English run the risk of inadequate preparation for the rigors of higher education. Whether this poor preparation is the result of disruptions caused by the transition to a new country/language/culture, or of a watered-down high school curriculum that reacts to language error but does not…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), High School Students, College Preparation, Biographies
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Shor, Ira – Journal of Basic Writing, 2000
Argues that the "failure" of traditional writing instruction is actually its success, protecting the elite and maintaining inequality, which requires mass failure and illiteracy to preserve the unequal hierarchies now in place. Argues that bogus testing should be eliminated, basic writing mainstreamed into an expanded and untracked form of…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Basic Writing, Community Involvement, Freshman Composition
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Anokye, Akua Duku – Journal of Basic Writing, 1994
Describes a pedagogy based on narrative and storytelling that encourages students to appreciate cultural and racial diversity as it helps them become active participants in the broader conversation of a literate community. (SR)
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Higher Education, Literacy, Narration
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