ERIC Number: ED234843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Students in English as a Second Language Classes: A Community College Experience.
Rosberg, William H.
A study was conducted at Kirkwood Community College to determine if English as a Second Language (ESL) courses assist students and increase the likelihood of their academic success. The academic records of 263 students enrolled in the ESL program as foreign students between August 1978 and June 1982 were examined to determine students' sex, age, country of origin, Michigan English Proficiency Examination (MEPE) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, number of ESL courses taken, major, grade point average (GPA), length of enrollment, and status upon leaving the college. Findings included the following: (1) 85% of the students were between 17 and 22 years of age; (2) 82.51% were male; (3) over 56% were enrolled in liberal arts programs; (4) the majority were academically successful, with only 4.18% achieving GPA's of less than 1.75; (5) the higher the TOEFL or MEPE score at the time of college entry, the higher the GPA attained; and (6) 63.6% of the students had not graduated or transferred, nor were they currently attending Kirkwood. The evaluation found no clear patterns concerning the effect of ESL classes upon student success, and concluded that further research was needed concerning the value of and needs met by the ESL program. The high attrition rate among ESL students was felt to be significant and to require greater attention. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kirkwood Community Coll., Cedar Rapids, IA.