ERIC Number: ED208657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
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)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age Differences, Attitude Measures, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Cubans, Educational Research, English (Second Language), Grade Point Average, Hispanic Americans, Language Attitudes, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Postsecondary Education, Predictive Measurement, Program Development, Second Language Learning, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Social Environment, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: 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).