Friday, November 13, 2009

Accelerated Learning Project (ALP) - College Writing

Since 2007, I have been teaching college composition and writing about literature. After getting my master's degree in professional writing - concentration in teaching writing - I began to teach at two Baltimore-area colleges. It is my pleasure to be working with Professor Peter Adams, the founder and creator of the Accelerated Learning Project (ALP) at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC). This innovative developmental writing program allows motivated writers to simultaneously take basic writing and first-year composition. As a quick overview: in a traditional college-composition course (e.g. 101) of 18 - 20 students, eight students continue with the same instructor for a basic-writing workshop immediately after the traditional course, so back-to-back. The instructor stresses the skills needed to complete the 101's assignments. Exercises, in-class writing, discussions, peer review, and other techniques are employed by the instructor to instruct and accelerate successful college writing. The data on student success and the evidence that the program works are beyond impressive. See the link above for the data and more details. Additionally, many colleges are adapting the program (see the website for more). We are excited about an upcoming study by an outside party that will -- we are confident -- confirm the success of this dynamic course. Lastly, I will post some additional observations and journal entries here in the near future.

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