ERIC Number: ED466746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan-28
Reference Count: N/A
English as a Second Language Research Report One.
Maack, Stephen C.
This document summarizes findings from a self-study conducted by the English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Department at Rio Hondo College (California) for use in the College's 2001-2002 academic year program review. The report utilizes enrollment information from the 3,504 individual students who enrolled 5,965 times in credit and non-credit ESL courses between fall 1996 and spring 2001. Over half (51%) of all ESL enrollments were in non-credit courses and over half (57%) of the individual ESL students took non-credit ESL as their first course in this time period. Key findings include: (1) average ESL success rate was 66%, average withdrawal rate was 15%, and average rate of poor grades (D, F, NC) was 19%; (2) average success rate for students who took 1 or more ESL classes and attempted English 101 during this time period was 82% (only 27% of 1,507 ESL students over the last 5 years attempted English 101); (3) women were significantly more likely than men to take non-credit ESL courses and constituted 75% of the lowest-level ESL credit course enrollments; (4) moderately strong correlation showed that students who might be Spanish speakers were significantly more likely than other ethnic groups to enroll in non-credit ESL classes; and (5) statistically significant, but weak variations by ethnicity in ESL course success were present for both men and women. (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rio Hondo Coll., Whittier, CA.