Author May, James S
Title Analyzing the placement of community college students in English as a second language for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses
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Descript 141 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 68-09, Section: A, page: 3707
Adviser: Candace Harper
Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of Florida, 2007
The intention of this research was to increase the effectiveness of student placement tools and strategies used by community colleges to place nonnative English speakers into courses designed to teach English for future academic pursuits. More specifically, this research sought to analyze and improve placement practices at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida by identifying placement variables that best predicted success in various English as a second language (ESL) for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. Locus of Control scale scores, a computed indicator of Generation 1.5 status, and results from four subtests of the ACCUPLACER Levels of English Placement (LOEP) Test were tested individually and within composite models for their ability to predict success as measured by final course grades and teacher evaluations of placement. These variables were tested for their ability to predict successful placement of first semester, self-identified nonnative English speakers into ESL classes covering four different skills (reading, writing, speech, and grammar) across five different levels of possible placement (EAP levels 2--6). Results indicated that the reading subtest was the best predictor of student final course grades. The essay subtest was the best predictor of teacher evaluation of placement, and individual subtests were preferred over composite models. Furthermore, both Locus of Control and the computed indicator of Generation 1.5 status were found to be correlates of student success. Additional recommendations are suggested for how to improve placement practices
School code: 0070
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 68-09A
Subject Education, Community College
Education, Language and Literature
Education, Bilingual and Multicultural
Alt Author University of Florida