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ERIC Number: ED016235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY AND THE FOREIGN STUDENT.
KAPLAN, ROBERT B.
THE AUTHOR BELIEVES THAT ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY SHOULD NOT BE MADE A COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENT FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS. HE ALSO BELIEVES, HOWEVER, THAT INSTITUTIONS WHICH ARE NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE TRAINING IN ENGLISH FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS SHOULD NOT ENCOURAGE THESE STUDENTS TO ENROLL. THE CONSORTIUM PLAN WHEREBY SCHOOLS WITH NO ENGLISH-FOR-FOREIGN STUDENTS PROGRAMS COULD SHARE STUDENT POPULATION, FACULTY, AND FACILITIES, IS A SUGGESTED ALTERNATIVE. EXISTING PROGRAMS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED REMEDIAL ENGLISH, BUT RATHER ON THE SAME LEVEL AS THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSES FOR AMERICAN COLLEGE STUDENTS, WITH EQUIVALENT CREDIT AND STATUS. MODERATE ACCULTURATION, WHICH IS "BOTH DESIRABLE AND NECESSARY" AND NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH PROPAGANDIZING OR"BRAINWASHING," MAY BE FURTHERED BY SOMEWHAT MORE FORMAL, RATHER SPECIFIC INSTRUCTION IN THE AREAS OF NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION. THE NEED FOR SMALL CLASSES FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS IS ACCOMPANIED BY A NEED FOR GROUPING THE STUDENTS EITHER BY LINGUISTIC CRITERIA (WHICH IS PEDAGOGICALLY IMPRACTICAL) OR BY PROFICIENCY, WHICH "APPEARS TO BE THE ONLY PRACTICAL SOLUTION." THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN THE WINTER 1968 ISSUE OF "EXCHANGE," A PUBLICATION OF THE U.S. ADVISORY COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS, AND MAY BE ORDERED FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT OF DOCUMENTS, U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20402, FOR $0.25. (AMM)
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