ERIC Number: ED414843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
The English Language Fellows Program.
This report describes activities and accomplishments of a 3-year project at the University of Rhode Island which paired specially trained native-speaking undergraduates with at-risk, linguistic minority classmates to study the content of courses that both were taking together. The native-speaking Fellow is trained in a 3-credit course and then organizes and conducts the 1-unit English-language study section under the close supervision of program staff. By the end of the third year, 56 Fellows had successfully completed the training course and 79 sections of the English-language study course had been offered in conjunction with 74 content courses; 75-80 nonnative-speaking students participated in the program, many of them several times. Retrospective self-reports from students and faculty were overwhelmingly positive. Formal evaluation at the beginning of semester 6 showed a dramatic increase in the retention rate of nonnative student (NNS) participants and significant improvement in grades for both NNS students and Fellows. The report includes an executive summary and project overview; description of the project's purpose, background and origins, and main features; and evaluation. Appendices include a letter to the funding agency about why the project was not continued, brochures and press releases, training course and English Language Study course materials, and an article, "The English Language Fellows Program," by Richard Blakely. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rhode Island Univ., Kingston.