ERIC Number: ED336127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
English Instruction in English-Language Colleges.
Conseil des Colleges, Quebec (Quebec).
Developed to promote the consistency and quality of English instruction and to support the English-language colleges of Quebec in this direction, the report presents an overview of English instruction at the college level and presents recommendations to the Minister of Higher Education and Science (MHES) and the English-language colleges. Part I begins with a discussion of the fact that a considerable number of students reach college with limited English language skills, explaining the scope of the problem, causal factors, and consequences. Subsequent chapters in this section look at the administrative and educational framework of compulsory English language and literature courses, review the steps taken by the English-language colleges to improve students' English-language skills, and identify problems associated with these initiatives and ways of overcoming them. Part II presents a rationale for intervention by the Conseil des Colleges, and offers principles and recommendations for English language instruction for the MHES and the English-language colleges. Recommendations for the MHES include the following: (1) define the chief objectives of English language and literature instruction; (2) reevaluate the series of compulsory courses and remedial courses; (3) introduce a specific student/teacher ratio for courses in language improvement, and provide sufficient resources to meet these ratios; and (4) provide additional funding for Learning Assistance Centers and faculty development where necessary. (PAA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Conseil des Colleges, Quebec (Quebec).
Note: Brief adopted in its original French version by the Conseil des colleges at its regular meeting (95th, Quebec, Quebec, Canada October 18-19, 1990).