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ERIC Number: ED208657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
English Proficiency and the Bilingual University Student.
Friedenberg, Joan E.; Curry, Wynne C.
This study was undertaken to predict the relationship between English proficiency and subsequent academic success. Forty-two Cuban American students enrolled in a bilingual teacher education program were administered the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency and a questionnaire. The results of the study indicate that: (1) the younger one is when learning a second language, the better the language will be learned; (2) in order for adults to acquire a second language in the second language environment, they should socialize regularly in the second language; (3) there is no apparent relationship between attitude towards Anglo-speaking Americans and how well English (the second language) was learned for this group; (4) self report as a method for measuring such attitudinal variables as feelings towards one's educational program is unsuitable--especially if students' responses cannot be anonymous; (5) a relationship exists between students' level of English proficiency and their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the bilingual program; and (6) although score on the Michigan Test was not a strong predictor of academic success, there was a significant relationship between this score and grade point average. Implications for bilingual education research and teacher education based on these conclusions are explored. (Author/JK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Bilingual Bicultural Education Conference (10th, Boston, MA, May 23-30, 1981).