n Language Matters : Studies in the Languages of Southern Africa - Improving academic proficiency in open distance learning through contact interventions
|Article Title||Improving academic proficiency in open distance learning through contact interventions|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||Language Matters : Studies in the Languages of Southern Africa|
|Author||Brenda Spencer, Miriam Lephalala and Cathy Pienaar|
|Publication Date||Jan 2005|
|Pages||224 - 242|
|Keyword(s)||Academic proficiency, Academic reading and writing, Contact interventions and Distance education|
ISI Social Science
The aim of the article is to describe a pilot study designed to determine the extent to which contact interventions improve the academic proficiency of tertiary-level students in a distance education institution. A group of `at risk' students, identified by the University of South Africa Unisa Mercantile Law Department, served as the pilot target group for the interventions described. <i>Writing intervention:</i> this involved the active teaching of coherence, cohesion, and the academic essay as a discourse type. <i>Reading intervention:</i> Explicit instruction in the answering of multiple-choice questions was given as this form of evaluation accounts for an increasingly high percentage of testing critical reading at Unisa Reading and <i>writing centre intervention:</i> Essay structuring and argumentation were workshopped. Particular attention was paid to cohesion and coherence. <i>Pre- and post-testing</i> was used to determine the effectiveness of the interventions.
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