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English Learners in the Community College: Research, Policy, and Practice

Date and Time: April 16, 2018 12:25–1:55 PM
Location: New York, NY
Venue: Sheraton New York Times Square | Lower Level, Chelsea Room

This presentation—part of a larger panel discussing various notions of “pathways” to investigate relevant language and literacy dimensions and broader contexts—summarized the empirical literature on English learners in community college and described the relevant policy and practice landscape. The small body of available research suggests that postsecondary outcomes for English learners and language minority students are worse than those of their native-English speaking peers, and that colleges are exploring new and innovative ways to support these students by reforming their assessment and placement systems, creating new English as a second language (ESL) course structures and curricula, and making other institutional changes. The presenters' review of practice and research aimed to capture the significant components of English learners’ pathways into and through community college, including classification, assessment and placement, curriculum and pedagogy, and identity. The presentation shared the results of this review, highlighting the multitude of factors that are impacting English learner and language minority student outcomes.

Participants

Senior Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Research Associate
Community College Research Center
Senior Research Scientist
Community College Research Center
Amanda K. Kibler
Associate Professor
University of Virginia Curry School of Education
George Bunch
Associate Professor of Education
University of California, Santa Cruz
Nora Walsh Lang
Doctoral Student
University of California, Santa Cruz
Heather Schlaman
Graduate Student
University of California, Santa Cruz
Kylie Alisa Kenner
Doctoral Student
University of California, Santa Cruz
Rebecca M. Callahan
Associate Professor
University of Texas at Austin
Anne-Marie Nuñez
Associate Professor
The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology

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