Just a short list for now; I will have more within the next few months. For those who have not seen these before: these are sentences, or portions of them, culled from placement test essays or proficiency exams given to college students. I am an assessment specialist (reader), so I pick up a lot of these during my scoring sessions and share them with the other readers–and with you.* Enjoy these for Christmas!
In short, to play gambol can go to two place - haven or hell.
In the bottle of good and evil…
People are putting (piercing) in different part of their body like…belly bottom…
I play porker…I am obsessed by porker.
People who pierce their body are related with rock and rock is related to drugs, sex, and bandolism.
MySpace is just a place to take on their lust.
It (Internet) might take them to the beginning parth of hell.
Recently teen suicides and murders are improving.
On the day of September 9, 2000, there was a tragedy (in New York City)
I admit in junior high I cheated on a few testes.
Being without a cell phone is like not wearing underwear.
My idea of relaxation is deworming sheep and goats.
*I must say that I totally agree with the one about MySpace.
What is bandolism? The condition of being in a band?
**Recently teen suicides and murders are improving.**And I know why. In the Fort Worth paper classified ads, there is an ad in big type that says:
SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE
We can help
The first time I saw the ad, I thought, “Help? How? Help them get it right the next time?” Of course, a second later, I realized what the ad really meant. But, at first glance, I thought it was a self-help group for people that tried to shoot themselves and missed.
They can be placed into a number of different classes: ESL–at a high level, or medium, or low, or very low.
Mainstream English: Freshman Comp (highest–essays to research paper), or the one right under that (paragraphs to essays), or under that (sentences to paragraphs), or beneath all of those (really poor skills, if any).
I suppose the larger question is: For God’s sake, why are they permitted to graduate from high school with “skills” like this? But that’s a discussion for another thread.
*Note: the first ten “gems” in this list came from a friend at another college; he had collected them from PROFICIENCY exams taken near the end of the semester. I can tell that many of them are second language learner problems, but then, it can take many years to overcome such problems.