ERIC Number: ED592670
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Language Immersion Programs for Dominican College Students/From the Russian Experience to the MESCyT Experience.
Tavarez DaCosta, Pedro
The following work consists of a comparative research of two of the most outstanding immersion programs for foreign languages (Russian/English) that Dominican college students have ever undergone. The first one, happened decades ago in the cold distant Union of Soviet Socialist Republic where thousands of our students were sent as scholarship's recipient to study in different Russian universities, after being selected by the Dominican Communist Party, and sponsored by the Soviet Government. The second one, is still happening in our country with the offering of the so-called English Immersion Program sponsored since 2005 by the Ministry of Higher Education-MESCyT. The aim of this study it is to place emphasis on the Total immersion Program on the Russian language they had to face, before being enrolled in their professional schools, as a logical and natural requirement for achieving their goals on the selected career, at the selected university. The data collected through interviews and a survey conducted to a meaningful bunch of those former scholarship's recipient, as well as, analyzing the data published at hand, pretty well served us as the necessary elements for comparing and analyzing the so-called English Immersion program. which is currently sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education of our country, with that of the Russian program. An extensive literary review has also been gathered in order to determine and clarify how some immersion programs have functioned in many others countries, and the methodological criteria that launched them. To that effect many circumstances not only on the exclusivity of the field of Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition Theories and EFL Teaching Methodology have to be weighed on, to scientifically examine the program in our country but also circumstances attaining the socio-political phenomena that prevails in our country, as a direct influence on education in general.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Russian, English (Second Language), Immersion Programs, College Students, Comparative Education, Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Teaching Methods, Learning Theories, Language Proficiency, Bilingualism, Difficulty Level
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Dominican Republic; USSR