Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Education And English

Here's something about language in education. A significant difference between studies in the USA and studies in South Africa is the attitude towards English. For example, Fuller Theological Seminary in California states on a grading rubric that English grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation are "necessary components to theological writing". One may lose one-fifth of one's mark or grade for inadequacies there. By way of contrast, the head of a programme at the South African Theological Seminary in South Africa states that "we never penalise students who have second or third language deficiencies."

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