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Salas, Spencer – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2008
This ethnographic narrative employs a neo-Vygotskian perspective (Holland et al.) to examine how, in the setting of a remedial ESL program at a public two-year college in North Georgia, the subject position of an ESL basic writing instructor was mediated by her understandings of and engagement with the multiple and interactive contexts of her…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing (Composition), Freshman Composition, Remedial Programs
Rustick, Margaret Tomlinson – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
Several states have now implemented policies restricting basic writers' access to four-year universities, and the students most likely to be affected are African American, Latino, and nonnative English speakers. The pressure to speed students' mastery of standard written English, along with the trend toward more explicit instruction in second…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Teaching Methods, Grammar, Educational Games
Summerfield, Judith; Gray, Peter; Smith, Cheryl C.; Benedicks, Crystal; McBeth, Mark; Hirsch, Linda; Soliday, Mary; Yood, Jessica – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2007
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the publication of Mina Shaughnessy's groundbreaking book, "Errors and Expectations," a roundtable discussion was held at the March 2007 Conference on College Composition and Communication in New York City. This article, based on the earlier discussion, examines the question of CUNY's multiple…
Descriptors: Basic Writing, Writing (Composition), Democracy, Open Enrollment
Becket, Diana – Journal of Basic Writing (CUNY), 2005
The goal of the study reported in this article is to analyze ways students in the first course of a three-quarter college preparatory sequence in reading and writing write about their experiences in their essays. The student participants were three native speakers of English and three native speakers of Punjabi, who had lived and studied in the…
Descriptors: Native Speakers, Educational Experience, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning