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Title:Is Class Over Yet? Contrasts in ESL and Rhetoric Instruction at UIUC
Abstract:For my ethnography, I decided to pose the question surrounding the difference in instruction between rhetoric and ESL at UIUC. This instruction was surrounded by a "hot debate" that was occurring on the UIUC campus at this time: should the EPT (English Placement Test), remain non-binding, or should it switch to binding? I believe that my research question helped me understand more about this current debate. I began to find intense contrasts in instruction between the two courses and I found that material, teaching enthusiasm, and classroom environment all have a huge impact on how the courses are taught and how the students respond.
Issue Date:2011-08
Course / Semester:ENGL401 Spring 2011: Introduction to the Story of the English Language
Professor Catherine Vieira
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-08-18

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    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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