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ERIC Number: ED340411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec-17
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Problems Confronting Adults with English as a Second Language Who Enroll in a Community College.
Crepeau, Mary
In 1991, a study was conducted at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) to determine the characteristics of and major problems confronting adult students with English as a second language (ESL). A questionnaire was distributed to the 105 CCRI students enrolled in ESL I, ESL II, and Paragraph Writing for ESL classes, requesting them to identify the problems they encountered outside of school that made taking ESL classes difficult, and problems they encountered in school. Major study findings included the following: (1) 37 students were enrolled in morning classes, and 68 in evening classes, with females outnumbering males in both groups; (2) 79.7% of the morning and evening students were single parents; (3) 77% of the day students and 53% of the evening students had children under 5; (4) 59.4% of the morning students and 37.8% of the evening students indicated that responsibilities for child care were an obstacle to taking ESL classes, and 35.1% of the morning students and 45.9% of the evening students listed lack of help with household duties as a difficulty; (5) the most commonly cited difficulties with school among morning students were hearing other languages in the English classroom, understanding the professor, and understanding academic advisers; (6) evening students cited understanding the readings, getting the wrong advice on courses to take, and understanding homework and written directions on tests as problems; and (7) 59.4% of the morning students and 50% of the evening students found problems dealing with forms and applications, registering for courses, and understanding academic advisors and financial aid consultants. The questionnaire is attached. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A