MIT study [Excerpted from Wikipedia entry on SAT]In 2005,MITWriting Director Les Perelman plotted essay length versus essay score on the new SAT from released essays and found a high correlation between them. After studying over 50 graded essays, he found that longer essays consistently produced higher scores. In fact, he argues that by simply gauging the length of an essay without reading it, the given score of an essay could likely be determined correctly over 90% of the time. He also discovered that several of these essays were full of factual errors; the College Board does not claim to grade for factual accuracy.Perelman, along with the National Council of Teachers of English also criticized the 25-minute writing section of the test for damaging standards of writing teaching in the classroom. They say that writing teachers training their students for the SAT will not focus on revision, depth, accuracy, but will instead produce long, formulaic, and wordy pieces. "You're ge…
I had an informal session yesterday with Rafi, Prachy, and Ifrat (he is new with us). I also talked to Silmee, who will join us from 22nd June onwards. In addition to that I just had a first session with an MA English Lit (BRAC Univ) today. Tomorrow I meet Samirah to talk about our possible schedules before she leaves for Swaziland to attend her first IB year. I am currently thinking how to schedule my classes the Ramadan Classes - any suggestions will be most welcome.
I am yet to decide which methodology we follow this year. Last year I took only 6 or 7 lecture classes - in contrast with about 25 or 30 classes in the previous year. I am under the impression that I have to take more lectures than I did in the just-concluded year.
The students are kindly requested to send me any suggestion they feel we should be doing regarding the US College Application and SAT preparation. Send your suggestions through an e-mail. I also asked a few of you to inform whether you would be ready to mee…
In this season of SAT/GRE I have induced a number of students to go for a reading of Tagore's Sanyasi OR Ascetic - to a good effect. I am here publishing a response from Raeesa Mehjabeen. She read the text in the class. I really like the piece. The writing has its own line of weakness too - it is merely a narrative. It could have included a line of ANALYTIC vein. However, the writing shows that the writer has spent a lot of effort in understanding the story-line.
Enjoy your time with the reading.
Sanyasi or the Ascetic is a play written by Rabindranath Tagore whichtalks
about the underlying connection between the finite and the infinite. The play
is about an ascetic who isolated himself from the materialistic finite world in
order to enter the spiritual infinite world. In the end Sanyasi’s internal
struggle is resolved when his love for a little girl made him realize that he cannot
attain the infinite by rejecting the finite. The play begins with an arrogant declaration by Sanyasi wh…