ERIC Number: ED230023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
A Survey: College Credit and Other Related ESL Issues.
Questions have been raised about the status of English as a second language (ESL) in colleges and universities, especially with regard to ESL credit, admission of ESL students, and tenure for ESL instructors. These questions prompted Portland State University (Oregon) to send a questionnaire dealing with the topic to the directors of 174 programs associated with institutions of higher education. In addition to asking for current information on the three issues, the questionnaire also asked for recommended changes regarding credit, and the parallel with foreign languages. Responses were received from 128 directors. They reveal the diversity in patterns of admission, credit/noncredit bearing offerings, and the lack of a consistent policy among and within many institutions. In spite of the diversity, respondents' recommendations reveal a significant degree of agreement in the area of credit and changes in credit policy. More schools favor giving credit for ESL than not giving credit. There is no clear agreement regarding the notion of a parallel between ESL and foreign languages. Fifty-three respondents reported that the status of ESL instructors is not the same as that of the regular faculty. The questionnaire and tabulation of results are appended. (AMH)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (17th, Toronto, Ontario, March 16, 1983).