Abstract

This study sought to determine perceptions of former English Language Center (ELC) students of their readiness for university reading tasks after completing their ESL training. Former ELC students who now study or have studied at 10 different American post-secondary institutions provided insights for the study. Through questionnaires and face-to-face interviews, the study collected and analyzed many interesting and revealing comments from participants. Their comments demonstrated that even though the majority of students overall were satisfied with their learning experiences at the ELC, some significant changes still have to be made to be able to fully meet students' educational needs. Participants expressed the need to start rigorous university preparation earlier, beginning with an intermediate level of proficiency, by reading more advanced university-level texts and spending more time on developing and practicing critical reading strategies and test-taking skills.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; Linguistics and English Language

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Date Submitted

2010-06-22

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd3645

Keywords

ESL, reading, university preparation

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