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ERIC Number: ED352812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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An ESL Adjunct Class for Asian American Studies.
Gee, Young
Glendale Community College (California) has "paired" a social science class on "Asians in America" with a sheltered adjunct course at the advanced level in English as a Second Language (ESL). Preparation for the ESL course included observing and questioning the content area instructor on the specific skills to emphasize in materials and syllabus development, and a survey of current students in the social science class concerning the language-related skills with which they had difficulty. Instruction and exercises were designed to address each of the areas noted. These included comprehension of the teacher's presentation, grammatical structures, organization and processes of writing, and reading strategies. Communication between the content area teacher and the ESL teacher concerning specific content-related difficulties experienced by the ESL students was found to be essential to course effectiveness. It is concluded that the sheltered adjunct ESL course arrangement was useful in the community college context in motivating and challenging students. A general English language proficiency test administered before and after the course indicated gains across all tested language domains, a better result than for other ESL classes, in which students gained in some areas and regressed in others. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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