Florida: Learn to Write Gooder

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Mon Aug 21 13:10:24 UTC 2006

>>From the Chronicle of Higher Education,

Learn to Write Gooder

The University of West Florida plans to add grammar and math tutorials to
its Web site starting this semester. The assistance was originally
intended simply to help students brush up on those skills, but university
officials realized that just about everyone could use some improvement.

"Language emits a social message and an intellectual message about the
sender," Mamie Hixon, director of West Florida's Writing Lab and an
assistant professor of English, told the Pensacola News Journal. "It's the
barometer by which we measure a person's professional credibility."

The Web lessons will be presented in more than 100 video clips, lasting
three to 30 minutes each. The creators hope to make the tutorials easy to
understand, and even fun. One of the sections, however, is titled, "Math
Is Not a Four-Letter Word," leaving users wondering how they can learn
mathematics from a source that doesn't get its count right. --Dan


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