ERIC Number: ED196035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Teaching the Non-Native Speaker in the Two-Year College.
Welch, Regis L.
To accommodate the increased number of foreign students as well as to provide for their various levels of English proficiency, Paris Junior College (Paris, Texas) has expanded its English as a second language (ESL) program into intermediate and advanced levels. Although all of the foreign students have received prior instruction in English, most are still so limited in their ability to use English for academic purposes that they cannot meet the requirements of English composition classes. In the college's ESL program, all foreign students are given an English proficiency and placement test to identify those with a need for additional instruction in English before attempting regular English classes. Students placed in the advanced level understand, speak, and write English fairly well, but still experience difficulty with rhetorical logic and organization. The course includes basic concepts of paragraph development such as unity, coherence, thesis statements, and outlines. Students placed in the intermediate level need help in creating basic sentence patterns and manipulating inflectional derivations. They also learn the exceptions to English grammar rules and the significance of context. Traditional remedial English is not the remedy for the linguistic problems of the second language learner. This ESL program helps nonnative speakers gain control of the grammatical, syntactical and semantic elements of English to enable them to be successful in writing compositions. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (Austin, TX, October 9-11, 1980).