ERIC Number: ED427795
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-17
Analysis of ESL Course Offerings in Community Colleges.
Kuo, Elaine W.
This paper discusses the impact of increasing immigration on English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) course offerings, presents the results of the 1998 National Curriculum Study, and examines existing ESL curriculum course designs through an analysis of selected course catalogs. The 1998 National Curriculum Study revealed that ESL programs are a significant component to most community college curricula. Out of a sample of 164 community colleges, 90 institutions offered ESL courses, a 15% increase from a 1991 study. Institutional size plays a role in ESL course availability, with the majority of course offerings located in community colleges with an enrollment of more than 6,000. Community colleges serve two types of ESL students: one who studies English for immediate job marketability, and another who views English acquisition as a step toward eventual transfer to a four-year institution. The 1998 study showed that transferability of ESL courses is affected by students' objectives, as well as by curriculum policy. Other needs that ESL programs can meet include teaching American social and civic traditions, and easing the acculturation process. Contains 17 references. (AS)
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