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ERIC Number: EJ1063557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
The Effects of English as a Second Language Courses on Language Minority Community College Students
Hodara, Michelle
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v37 n2 p243-270 Jun 2015
English as a second language (ESL) courses seek to address a primary barrier to college success for language minority students: second language issues that can inhibit their success in college-level coursework. But, there is a limited understanding of the effects of ESL on college student outcomes. Using a rich, longitudinal data set that includes 10 years of transcript data on community college students at an urban college system, I use a difference-in-differences approach to identify the impact of ESL compared with developmental writing. I find that the longer sequence length in ESL compared with developmental writing decelerates language minority students' progression through college, but findings vary for first generation, second generation, and generation 1.5 students, highlighting the heterogeneous effects of ESL.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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