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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
Cleary, Michelle Navarre – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
Adult students are more anxious about writing for school, less familiar with academic conventions, and more likely to drop out than younger students. For students learning to move between personal, work, and academic discourse communities, the ongoing and explicit writing instruction argued for in the research of Sternglass, Herrington and Curtis,…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Adult Students, Writing Workshops, Writing Instruction
Gunter, Kimberly K. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
In this article, I revisit the Elbow/Bartholomae debate, review recent scholarship on academic writing, and discuss the ways that the mandates of traditional academic writing can further disenfranchise already marginalized students. I suggest that, due to the double consciousness with which these students often live, they come into classrooms…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Academic Discourse, Rhetoric, Minority Group Students
Sommers, Jeff – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
Through the regular use of what Donald Schon has termed reflection-in-action and reflection-on-action, students can learn to improve their "reflection-in-presentation," in Kathleen Blake Yancey's term. Students are often asked to do this type of reflection-in-presentation as a capstone to first-year or basic writing courses. However, a number of…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Basic Writing, Writing Instruction, Cognitive Development
Shapiro, Shawna – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
This article presents a case study of a university ESL program that was highly resistant to reform, despite substantial evidence that its curriculum and policies were ineffective. The author draws on surveys, interviews, and participant observation to show how remediation served not only as an instructional model, but as an institutional identity…
Descriptors: Remedial Programs, Curriculum Development, English for Academic Purposes, College Second Language Programs
Levy, Ronna J. – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
In basic writing classrooms and scholarship, reading too often remains invisible; neither research nor established practice provides tangible activities to support reading and connect it to writing. This article documents a search for structured, scaffolded, low-stakes reading activities, a search that moves off the college campus and into the…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Reading Instruction, Group Activities, College Students
Pavesich, Matthew – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
In the 1990s, leading rhetoric and composition scholars criticized basic writing programs for their "liberalism." Basic writing had its defenders, however, and the ensuing debate exposed deep rifts in the field. This article argues that neither side in this formative debate nor the more recent alternative models of teaching basic writing…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Rhetoric, Political Attitudes, Politics of Education
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
Rodgers, Johannah – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2011
Theories of authorship and models of the author have been influential in shaping various approaches to composition theory and pedagogy. While discussions of the role of the author and authorship in composition studies have been going on for some time, tensions between the theoretical (author as social construct) and practical (author as agent)…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Authors, Undergraduate Students