Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts




The problems of this study center around Freshman written composition of Prairie View College for the school year 1933-1934. The Chief concern was to determine the prevailing types of errors found in sentence structure and the smaller elements of composition; to determine this cause; to determine whether the topics are those which students prefer to write about.

The quality of work done by Freshman students of Prairie View warrants that definite steps be taken in this direction. The results of English composition teaching are generally unsatisfactory. As a result, the Head of the English Department has made strenous efforts toward the improvement of written composition.

The task of finding means for improving the quality of written composition is decidedly difficult. Not only is writing composition itself a complex function, but the problem is further complicated by poor teaching and social environment. The study has not only revealed the necessity of placing more emphasis upon the use of correct English in the English Departments but in every department that involves the English language.

More stress should be placed on employing teachers in their field of specialization. Too often we find teachers who are majors in Vocational Agriculture or some other subject teaching English. Of course many of these teachers may be doing superior teaching, especially if they have had much experience in their present work, but this consideration falls short of solving the difficulty.

The social environment of the students, for the most part, is undersirable. This causes the teacher to work at cross purposes to counter-set the evil caused by this factor.

I found out from this research that theme work should have a purpose. Expressions grow out of interest, and experiences and has little relation to a formal program of assignments.

Committee Chair/Advisor

Earl L. Sasser


Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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