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ERIC Number: EJ998068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Navigating Uncharted Waters: An Accelerated Content-Based English for Academic Purposes Program
Hernandez, Kelly; Thomas, Michelle; Schuemann, Cynthia
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v40 n1 p44-56 Sep 2012
In 2008, Miami Dade College received a $1.9 million Title V grant from the US Department of Education to develop an Accelerated Content-Based English for Academic Purposes (EAP) track called Project ACE for ESL students. The ACE curriculum is anchored by the principles of flexibility, contextualization, and faculty buy-in--critical matters given the current climate of budget cuts and attrition. This article chronicles Project ACE's curriculum development process in creating a program for intermediate- and advanced-level EAP students. The process included (1) investigating the expectations of college instructors for their first-year students, while paying close attention to the particular needs of English Language Learners, (2) building and analyzing a written and spoken general education corpus, (3) aligning the new ACE curriculum with general education courses, and (4) securing EAP faculty buy-in to the approach by supporting participation in ongoing Curriculum Writers Workshops where instructors create corpus-informed, content-based materials tied to the ACE curriculum. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida