Status of ESL Courses

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Whereas there are striking inconsistencies among California community colleges in the standards they apply for awarding degree-applicable credit for English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and in how ESL courses relate to English sequences, and

Whereas California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL) is currently developing a paper on the status of ESL courses, that will address these inconsistencies and related issues, and

Whereas faculty need current information on and full discussion of the many issues surrounding inconsistencies in the standards used to categorize ESL courses, especially regarding how the courses relate to English sequences,

Resolved that the Academic Senate work with California Teachers of English Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL), English Council for California Two-year Colleges (ECCTYC), and Chancellor's Office staff to collect relevant information regarding the status of English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in California community colleges; discuss issues relevant to such status, including the issues raised in a draft paper developed by CATESOL; and prepare a breakout on these issues for the next session.

Status Report: 

Several Academic Senate representatives met with CATESOL and reached an agreement.