ERIC Number: ED408862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Development of ESL Achievement Criteria as a Function of Age and Length of Residence in Canada. E.S.L. Achievement Project.
A Canadian study examined the feasibility of establishing achievement criteria for English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students based on their age and length of residence (LOR) in Canada. Such criteria would permit comparisons between the academic and linguistic development of ESL students and that of both Canadian-born, English-speaking students and other ESL students of similar age and LOR. Subjects were 285 ESL students and 43 comparison students, all 12 years old. ESL students were from 38 languages groups and 53 countries of origin, and had lived in Canada 6 months to 6 years. Seven LOR categories were established. Academic/linguistic development of all students was assessed using tests and teacher ratings. Additional information was gathered from student records and parent/guardian interviews. Results suggest it is feasible to establish achievement criteria based on age and LOR. However, English language assessment instruments should be selected carefully. A number of appropriate tests are identified. Achievement patterns found in the assessments are also noted. The study also revealed patterns in the way teachers perceive and assess student progress. Parent/guardian interviews provided information about student background, parental attitudes about their children's linguistic progress, and student characteristics and background variables influencing student achievement. Contains 48 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North York Board of Education (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada