The design, implementation and evaluation of an English language development component within a Grahamstown community project

Jefferay, Charlotte Ruth (1994) The design, implementation and evaluation of an English language development component within a Grahamstown community project. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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The Grahamstown Tertiary Education Bridging Project (GRATEP) was formed in 1991 by a group of post-matriculants from Grahamstown who had not been accepted into any tertiary institution for 1991. The overall aim of GRATEP was to prepare these students for tertiary education. The Academic Skills Programme at Rhodes University offered a programme in English Language Development. The present study aimed to research the design, implementation and evaluation of the GRATEP English Language Development programme which was implemented from May through to October 1991. A multimethod approach has been used to assess the progress made by the students in terms of developing communicative competence in English and to evaluate the course itself. The data included writing samples, questionnaires, exercises in hierarchical organization, a clozetest, comments made by the students and the participant observers. The programme appeared to have been most effective in terms of building confidence, developing academic skills and encouraging the students to take greater responsibility for their own learning. Statistical comparisons of the first and final writing samples revealed no overall significant improvement in communicative competence in English. However, comparisons of the scores in the categories and sub-categories of communicative competence revealed that students had improved in their ability to structure and organize their writing. The research raised questions about the design, implementation and assessment of non-formal language courses of this kind and made suggestions for improvement and further research.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Grahamstown Tertiary Education Bridging Project, GRATEP, Preparation, Tertiary education, English language development programme, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, Design, Implementation, Evaluation, Students, Communicative competence
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > English Language and Linguistics
Supervisors:De Klerk, V. and Gough, D.H.
ID Code:3628
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:12 Oct 2012 06:04
Last Modified:12 Oct 2012 06:04
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