LINGUIST List 13.1819

Sat Jun 29 2002

Qs: Callan Method/Repost, Text Evaluation

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  1. Tomek Wojciechowski, Callan Method-Repost
  2. Meg Wood, Research and Reading

Message 1: Callan Method-Repost

Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 11:23:32 +0200
From: Tomek Wojciechowski <>
Subject: Callan Method-Repost

I submitted the following query (below) to linguistlist (Callan
Method, 17, Jul, 2002) but I lost all the replies due to a virus. Is
it possible that all of you who wrote replies could send them to me
once again, that is, providing of course you saved them on your
computers? I would be grateful.
"I have been working as a Callan teacher in Poland for two years
now. And, sadly enough, I must admit I see very little progress in my
students. I'm quitting this job in two weeks' time. Yet, I would like
to know what the opinions about the effectiveness of the method are as
seen by the professional linguists. And what's wrong with the method?
Well, I think there's something wrong with it. "
	Tomasz Wojciechowski
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Message 2: Research and Reading

Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 08:10:29 -0600
From: Meg Wood <>
Subject: Research and Reading

 I'm a University of Wyoming graduate student working on the preparatory 
 phase of my master's thesis addressing the following questions:

 a.. What is quality in student writing?
 a.. How is it assessed by writing teachers here at UW?
 a.. Is there some consensus or consistency in expectations? In

 I plan to analyze writing samples of junior/senior (W3) students in a 
 cross-disciplinary writing course to identify observable, verifiable 
 patterns that are indicative of "successful" writing as identified by 
 course instructors. I will also interview the instructors, asking them 
 what criteria they used to assess the papers and again look for patterns 
 in the data that reflect these criteria. Finally, I will also ask for 
 any written documents they use to identify their assessment/grading 

Can any of you suggest readings and/or steer me toward relevant
research? I am seeking recommendations for publications in Applied
Linguistics, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Structural Linguistics,
etc. that address analyzing and evaluating texts for patterns in
language usage.

 Thanks very much for your help,

 Meg Wood
 University of Wyoming
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