ERIC Number: ED376711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Academic Library Skills for the ESL Student.
This paper presents a syllabus for an academic library skills course for college-level English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) students developed by an instructor of reading and writing in an intensive English program for upper level ESL students in a large state university. At the culmination of the 15-week program, each student was required to complete an original research paper; yet little in the way of independent research was demanded and little training in the relevant methodologies was provided. The purpose of the syllabus was to remedy this situation by incorporating more library time into the program and by providing students with hands-on library experience. The syllabus was tried out in a 10-week summer session. A 1-page, 4-column outline showing the progression of the course from week 1 through week 8 (the last two weeks had no library component) under the headings "Week,""Reading,""Writing," and "Library" is given, followed by a page of amplification on each week's activities. The paper includes two sets of student comments, the first concerning their reactions to North American university libraries in general, and the second concerning their perceptions of the benefits to be derived from the library skills program. An appeal to all teachers to instruct students in the use of the library concludes the paper. (LR)
Descriptors: College Students, Computer Literacy, Course Descriptions, English (Second Language), Foreign Students, Higher Education, Library Instruction, Library Skills, Reading Instruction, Reading Writing Relationship, Research Papers (Students), Research Skills, Student Attitudes, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (28th, Baltimore, MD, March 8-12, 1994).