ERIC Number: ED307946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Improving ESL Instruction for College-Bound Students. Final Report of the Project Conducted July 1, 1987 through June 30, 1988.
Kayfetz, Janet; And Others
Results are presented from the first phase of Coastline Community College's Improving English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Instruction for College-Bound Students project. The goal of Phase 1 was the systematic collection of information about non-native English speakers and ESL subject matter to be used in course development and outcomes measurement. In addition to a review of the literature on applied linguistics and second-language learning/teaching, Phase 1 included a needs assessment component that gathered data from two- and four-year college students and faculty in California concerning student background and performance characteristics, instructional methods and activities, and course objectives and content. The Phase 1 report includes sections on the following topics: (1) language problems of non-native English speakers and ESL courses offered; (2) the scope of all three phases of the project; (3) theories of language acquisition and language teaching; (4) the creative construction and skill-learning modules of second-language acquisition; (5) the design of a syllabus for an ESL course based on a communicative approach; and (6) the development of writing skills in ESL. The bulk of the report focuses on the methods and findings of the needs assessment. Findings are presented concerning the demographic characteristics of ESL students; the actual and expected performance of students in college-preparatory ESL courses; instructional methods, activities, and materials preferred by both students and teachers; problems related to motivation and environment; the need for video-based instructional materials in college-preparatory ESL classes; student and teacher preferences for topics in video and course materials; and the objectives, materials, and syllabi of current ESL courses. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Community Coll. Fund for Instructional Improvement.
Authoring Institution: Coastline Community Coll., Fountain Valley, CA.