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ERIC Number: ED519633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 239
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-2893-8
Language Diversity in College Composition Courses: Multilingual Students in English Composition at Tacoma Community College
Rompogren, Darlene K.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Washington
This study was performed in order to gain a deeper understanding of the experience of nonnative English speaking students in college composition courses, including residents (citizens, refugees, and immigrants) and international students. The design of the study is largely qualitative, but it also includes quantitative data on success rates of students completing EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and transitioning into mainstream English (composition) and reading classes. This study examines the experiences of immigrant and international students at Tacoma Community College (TCC) as they leave EAP and enter mainstream courses in developmental English and English composition. The goal of this study is to identify pedagogical implications and inform college policy related to placement, progression, and types of classes offered to English language learners. The research for this study took place over a two-year period and consisted of two stages. The first stage, which entailed collecting data on grades earned by students who had transitioned from EAP to English and reading classes, took place during the 2007-2008 academic year. The second stage, the qualitative study, took place from Fall Quarter 2008 to Fall Quarter 2009, and involved in-depth interviews with eight students (four residents and four international students) and four instructors. From the interviews, five themes were identified, with the students' and the instructors' views revealing different orientations and areas of importance. These themes included difficulties for English language learners in composition classes, placement and progression issues, perception of fairness or unfairness, issues related to course content, and relating with native English speakers. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington