ERIC Number: ED411241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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State-Wide Needs Assessment in ESL Education: Findings.
Lopes, Solange A.
This paper reports on a needs assessment study designed to identify critical needs in Virginia's English as a Second Language (ESL) education in order to design an appropriate ESL endorsement program at James Madison University. The study involved a statewide sample of K-12 schools with ESL programs. A total of 330 questionnaires were sent to 24 school divisions. The questionnaire asked about: (1) community characteristics; (2) the respondent's primary responsibility; (3) the respondent's language proficiencies; (4) faculty and student cultural diversity; (5) the number of students with limited English proficiency (LEP); (6) presence and characteristics of LEP/ESL programs, (7) LEP/ESL teachers' needs, (8) types of skills teacher education programs should emphasize; (9) resources to benefit to LEP/ESL teachers; (10) major needs of LEP/ESL students; and (11) recommendations for improvement of K-12 ESL education in Virginia. Results from the 200 returned surveys indicated that teacher preparation programs should emphasize more hands-on teaching and model active classroom teaching to better prepare prospective teachers to work with non-native students. Respondents indicated that the greatest needs were having a well-designed ESL syllabus, updated materials, consistent assessment measures, more experienced personnel, more resources, and better prepared professionals to enter the field. Most schools had an ESL program. An appendix presents the survey instrument. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia