Excerpt from The Writing of English
Our primary purpose in this book is to awaken in the student the desire for self-expression through the written and spoken word. Without this desire all teaching is futile; and with it learning is inevitable. With the student in an attitude of confidence in the worth of his own thinking and of eagerness to learn the methods by which it can be conveyed to others in words, the problem of teaching the use of English reduces to the balancing of constructive practice over against the corrective drill necessary to eradicate the bad habits due to foreign birth, defective training, or indifference.
The methods here presented have grown out of experiment at the University of Chicago with sections of freshmen who, being below the standard for entrance, were required to take additional training before they could be admitted to the regular freshman course in English. By the kind of practice and study developed in this book the following results were obtained with a hundred students:
1. Approximately one-third were brought up to the freshman standard.
2. Approximately one-third were permitted to take a supplementary half-course and given credit for freshman English.
3. Approximately one-third were given freshman credit without delay or further training.
In brief, two-thirds of the class accomplished what had before been done by a very small percentage.
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