ESL Basic Skills Study

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Whereas English as a Second Language (ESL) courses are sometimes regarded strictly as precollegiate basic skills courses, and

Whereas some ESL courses do have degree-applicable - even baccalaureate - status at some community colleges, and

Whereas the relationship of ESL courses to the sequence of English courses varies dramatically from college to college throughout the state, and

Whereas some guidance in how different levels of ESL relate to degree applicability and coordination with the English composition sequence at colleges would lead to more careful coordination of ESL courses in the curriculum,

Resolved that the Academic Senate conduct a survey of how community colleges determine the degree-applicable status of English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, including what levels of ESL courses each college offers, how ESL courses relate to each college's sequence of English composition courses, which ESL courses are transferable to UC or CSU, which ESL courses are degree-applicable, and any other information that it determines to be useful, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate report on this survey after its completion.

Status Report: 

ESL Taskforce Report adopted by body spring plenary 2006. Recommendations For Next Year's Committee. Review ESL Taskforce Report to determine if further investigation is warranted.