Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Degree Discipline



The main purpose of this study was to set up a workable program for improving the English usage of the students of Jarvis Christian College. This involves four minor problems: (1) to formulate methods for improving the English usage in written expression; (2) to arrange adequate opportunities for oral expression of both a formal and an informal nature; (3) to measure, if possible, the progress of students during the time the program has been in operation; and (4) to make recommendations for the adoption of the program for a period of four years, so as to be able to determine the effect of the program on the English usage of the present Freshman class, at the close of their four years in college.

This study was limited to the 236 students of Jarvis Christian College at Hawkins, Texas, because the investigator, who is an instructor in the English department of the college, has been able to acquire a first hand knowledge of the deficiencies of the students of the college in English usage. The proximity to the problem has made it easier to formulate and to follow a program for the improvement of the situation.

Committee Chair/Advisor

J. M. Drew

Committee Member

S. W. Spalding

Committee Member

J. H. Windom


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John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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