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An Experiment in the Teaching of College English

by Elizabeth Christine Cook 1918

Freedom from academic tradition in the prescribed courses in English in the School of Practical Arts has grown naturally out of the marked professional and personal interests of our students. When they come to us, they have already had a certain push in a definite direction, and have often acquired in addition a conscious initiative of their own. They are more or less ready to choose ends and means for themselves. Hence, a recognition of the student's own major aims and frequent correlation of these with the English work, particularly in the field of composition, have been accepted principles of the English department, from the beginning. To give, within certain very broad limits, practically entire freedom in the choice of reading to one section of prescribed Sophomore English (English B) during the Spring Session, 1917, meant, therefore, only an extension of these working principles to the field of literature. At the same time a check experiment in the usual method of assigning lessons was carried along by the same instructor, in another section, for the comparison of results.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 19 Number 2, 1918, p. 131-146
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3590, Date Accessed: 8/21/2018 3:15:16 PM

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