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ERIC Number: EJ833305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Just Not Enough Time: Accelerated Composition Courses and Struggling ESL Writers
Scordaras, Maria
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v36 n3 p270-279 Mar 2009
To attract and retain more students, colleges are increasingly attempting to maximize their academic offerings by including intensive classes. These abbreviated or condensed courses, which are typically available during the summer and sometimes during winter intersession, provide students with an opportunity to move quickly through required courses or, at least, to spread them out beyond the constrictions of the academic year. Although accelerated summer and winter intersession courses may appeal to developmental ESL students who are required to take several ESL/English courses before placing into first-year composition, the abbreviated time period may actually be detrimental for weaker ESL students. In this article, the author presents two case studies that chronicle experiences, behavior, progress, and struggle of two lower-level ESL students in such a course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A