Wednesday, December 5, 2007

"English Alive" Program at Drexel University

Drexel University in Philadelphia is piloting a new English program called "English Alive".

The English program had 550 college students enrolled last year and faculty are hoping that Drexel will continue the program where students get to present materials in a way that is meaningful and relevant.

Assignments would give college students opportunity to express themselves through posters, podcasts, web presentations, animation or traditional essays.

Although programs like this offer flexibility for college students to demonstrate learning through individual creative expression, students should not overlook the importance of strong writing skills.

A New York Times article reported that a study by the National Commission on Writing, a panel established by the College Board, concluded that a third of employees in the nation's blue-chip companies wrote poorly and that businesses were spending as much as $3.1 billion annually on remedial training.

Career advice college students should heed? Writing skills are important.

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