ERIC Number: EJ720238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
"Comparing Children's Oral Ability in Two ESL Programs"
White, Joanna L.; Turner, C.E.
Canadian Modern Language Review, v61 n4 p491-517 Jun 2005
This study investigates performance on oral tasks across two groups of francophone learners with different ESL instruction. It reports on second language (L2) ability gains in intensive instruction and regular instruction. To date, gains in oral proficiency have not been reported in such programs, nor has there been a comparison across two concurrent programs. Six classes were involved: one intensive ESL and one regular Grade 6 ESL class from each of three schools. Data were collected at the beginning and end of their programs. Three tasks were used: Audio-Pal, Story Retell, and Info-Gap. Results indicate that the intensive ESL students gained significantly more than the regular ESL students in their oral ability on the three tasks. Of particular interest in this article are the characteristics of the instruments and the language performance they generated. The three tasks discriminated across the two programs and enabled us to characterize the differences that were observed.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Grade 6, English (Second Language), French, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Teaching Methods, Oral Language, Intensive Language Courses, Second Language Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6
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