Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Topic: Sentence Combining

10-second review: “…that sentence-combining practice will increase both syntactic maturity and overall quality in the writing of both elementary and junior high school students.” p. 72.

Title: “Research Roundup: Oral and Written Composition.” Charles R. Cooper. English Journal (December 1975), 72-74. The secondary school publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Quote: “…no other single teaching approach [i.e., sentence combining] has ever consistently been shown to have a beneficial effect on syntactic maturity and writing quality. This conclusion about the importance of sentence-combining practice is a relatively sudden and dramatic development in English teaching. It is also an unusual demonstration of the fact that research does influence teaching practices.” p. 72.

Comment: The research says, therefore, according to Charles R. Cooper, that sentence-combining practice has some very positive effects on improving sentence structure and writing quality. To what extent are today’s English teachers and students (2009) using sentence-combining practice? RayS.

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