ERIC Number: ED233359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
English Needs of Community College Students: A Faculty Survey.
Shoemaker, Connie L.
To determine the special English language needs of foreign students enrolled in a Colorado community college, a needs assessment questionnaire was designed and administered to professors and lecturers and, in a variety of subject areas, to students enrolled in English as a second language classes at the school. Analysis of the responses given by the 49 teachers and 46 students indicates that curricula in the ESL classes should focus on the reading and vocabulary necessary for the beginning college students and on the brief writing tasks required in community college courses. Skills necessary to absorb material from a lecture were also stressed, such as notetaking, listening for main ideas, and asking questions. The results indicated that the ESL program in existence at the college had attempted to include instruction in too many skills and that it did not differentiate between students needing beginning language instruction and those wanting to concentrate on the skills necessary for success in higher-level college classes. (A copy of the survey form is appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Regional Conference on English in the Two Year College (18th, Overland Park, KS, February 17-19, 1983).