ERIC Number: ED400906
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
English as a Second Language Program Review Report.
Florida State Board of Community Colleges, Tallahassee.
In 1996, the Florida State Board of Community Colleges conducted a review of English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in the state's community colleges to determine the status of instruction for degree-seeking Limited English Proficient (LEP) students and make recommendations for institutional and state-level policies. The process included a literature review; a survey of 28 Florida community colleges regarding the assessment and placement of students, curricula, articulation, and faculty perceptions; and input from a consortium of state ESL practitioners. The survey found that although the majority of respondents were satisfied with identification procedures for LEP and other ESL students, 14 colleges experienced problems with these procedures. The study also found that assessment methods varied widely among the colleges and that only 13 colleges reported ESL articulation efforts with area schools or universities. Funding needs were identified for obtaining more full- or part-time faculty, laboratories, space, and equipment. Based on the review process, recommendations were developed related to forming a task force to investigate appropriate assessment instruments and curriculum and performance standards; allowing high school students whose first language is not English to take assessment tests by the 10th grade; forming a committee to develop articulation efforts between high school and college curricula; and obtaining funding for training ESL personnel and related projects. Contains 28 references. The survey instrument and data tables are appended. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Board of Community Colleges, Tallahassee.
Identifiers - Location: Florida