Putting Error in Historical Perspective It is certainly true that almost every instructor occasionally encounters those students whose grammar does not meet our basic expectations for standard written English.
But those cases are, for the most part, exceptional.
Although we have no magic wand to offer, here are a number of suggestions based on our experiences teaching, working with “at-risk” students, and talking with instructors across the curriculum.
For the Entire Class Additional Resources Chapter 4 of John Bean’s Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011).
They quickly discover, though, that some—sometimes many—of their students’ papers contain mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and word choice.
Faced with this reality, most instructors find themselves somewhere between those two extremes: striving to find an effective and efficient way to deal with grammatical errors while still maintaining the focus on the central concepts and content of the course.
In just about any classroom, proper grammar is expected when writing, presenting and even talking to someone of higher authority.
Proper grammar is essential in a workplace to save money, save face and save time....
Understanding Grammatical Errors Strategies for Teaching About Grammar and Helping Students Reduce Grammatical Errors Given these facts, we can expect that coaching students to improve their grammar is part of the job of teaching a Comm-B or Writing-Intensive course.
The question then becomes, how can we effectively (and efficiently) incorporate such instruction into our courses?