ERIC Number: ED385321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Compton Community College General Education Associate of Arts/Certification, Bilingual Immersion Program for the California State University System.
Camacho, Julian S.
The Compton Community College (CCC) General Education Associate of Arts/Certification Bilingual Immersion Program (BIP) is designed to allow English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) or limited English proficiency (LEP) students to study subjects beyond ESL in a bilingual setting. Current ESL programs offer students no oppurtunity to take degree/transfer credit courses until they have achieved proficiency in English, usually a 3-year process. As a result, the majority of ESL students neither earn a degree nor transfer. The BIP would allow ESL/LEP students to earn an associate's degree while meeting California State University transfer requirements and mastering English. The transfer/degree credit classes would be taught by bilingual instructors, and course content would mirror that in an English-only classroom. To qualify for and remain in the program a BIP student would have to meet the following requirements: 60 units of degree applicable work with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of "C" or better in all courses counted for the degree and major; all 60 units must be completed at CCC; in addition to ESL course work, each student must take a minimum of 2 courses per semester (12 units per year) and complete the program in a maximum of 5 years. Students must earn the 60 units in the following 6 areas: communication and the English language and critical thinking (12 units); natural science and mathematics (9 units); arts and humanities (9 units); social science (9 units); understanding and self-development (3 units); and counseling (6 units). The most important component of the program is locating qualified bilingual instructors. In order to achieve success with the BIP program a tutorial aspect will be included. The tutorial program will provide course assistance and teach students computer skills to enhance their success in the classroom and in the job market. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Compton Community Coll., CA.