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Title: Debunking the Myths: Assessment of a Community College


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Debunking the Myths Assessment of a Community
Colleges Challenged English Language Learners
  • Eleanor Paterson, PhD
  • Director of the ESL Student Support Center
  • Erie Community College
  • Pamela Murray, Consultant for ACT

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  • Students dominant in other languages are entering
    community colleges at a steady rate.

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Erie Community College-City Campus
  • Spring 2008
  • 44 languages
  • 57 countries

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Countries Represented Spring 08
  • Afghanistan 2
  • Algeria 2
  • Bangladesh 1
  • Belarus 9
  • Belgium 1
  • Benin 1
  • Bosnia 8
  • Bulgaria 6
  • Burundi 2
  • Cameroon 1
  • Chile 2
  • China 7
  • Colombia 1
  • Congo 5
  • Costa Rica 1
  • Croatia 1
  • Cuba 2
  • Dominican Republic 2

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Countries
  • Eritrea 4
  • Estonia 1
  • Ethiopia 11
  • Ghana 1
  • Guinea 1
  • Haiti 4
  • India 6
  • Iran 6
  • Iraq 15
  • Ivory Coast 1
  • Jamaica 1
  • Japan 2
  • Jordan 2
  • Kazakhstan 1
  • Korea 5
  • Liberia 11
  • Myanmar 7
  • Nepal 1

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Countries
  • Nigeria 3
  • Pakistan 6
  • Poland 5
  • Puerto Rico 22
  • Russia 16
  • Rwanda 9
  • Saudi Arabia 1
  • Serbia 1
  • Somalia 15
  • South Africa 1
  • Spain 1
  • Sudan 25
  • Taiwan 2
  • Thailand 1
  • Togo 3
  • Turkey 2
  • Ukraine 21
  • Uzbekistan 6

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Countries
  • Venezuela 1
  • Vietnam 6
  • Yemen 8
  • Total Countries 57
  • Total Students 289
  • Top Countries
  • Sudan 25
  • Puerto Rico 22
  • Ukraine 21
  • Russia 16
  • Somalia Iraq 15 ea.

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Languages - Spring 08
  • Afrikaans 1
  • Akan 1
  • Amharic 11
  • Arabic 31
  • Bengali 1
  • Bosnian 4
  • Bulgarian 6
  • Burmese 7
  • Chinese 9
  • Creole 6
  • Croatian 1
  • Dari 1
  • Dinka 10
  • Estonian 1
  • Farsi 7
  • French 16
  • Gokana 1
  • Grebo 1

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Languages
  • Polish 5
  • Punjabi 2
  • Russian 27
  • Serbian 5
  • Shan 1
  • Shluh 1
  • Somali 14
  • Spanish 32
  • Sudanese 4
  • Gujarati 1
  • Hindi 3
  • Japanese 2
  • Kinyarwanda 7
  • Kirundi 3
  • Korean 5
  • Kpelle 1
  • Kru 6
  • Kurdish 5
  • Nepali 1

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Languages
  • Total Languages 44
  • Total Students 289
  • Top Languages
  • Spanish 32
  • Arabic 31
  • Russian 27
  • Ukrainian 21
  • French 16
  • Thai 1
  • Tigrinya 5
  • Turkish 8
  • Ukrainian 21
  • Urdu 6
  • Vietnamese 6
  • Yoruba 2

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Description of the College
  • Locations City, North, South
  • Programs Liberal Arts, Technologies, Transfer
    Options
  • Degrees - A.A.S., A.O.S., A.S.
  • Certificates Baking Pastry Arts, Crime Scene
    Technology, Homeland Security, Office Assistant
    and many others

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ECC 08/SPRING COLLEGE-WIDE/BILINGUAL DATA
  • 08/SP COLLEGEWIDE
  • No.
  • 12,665 100.00
  • First-time freshmen 10.13
  • Transfers (Incoming) 2.57
  • Continuing Students 71.62
  • Returning Students 11.41
  • Concurrently in HS 4.27
  • 08/SP BILINGUAL
  • No.
  • 289 100.00
  • 6.5
  • .34
  • 82.41
  • 10.34
  • 0.00

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College-wide VS BilingualN12665
N290
  • White 74.65 32.76
  • Black 17.85 33.45
  • Hispanic 3.96 11.03
  • Asian 1.97 18.62
  • Native 0.88 0.34
  • American
  • International 0.69 3.45
  • Unknown 0.00 0.0

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ECC 08/SPRING COLLEGE-WIDE/BILINGUAL
  • N12665 N290
  • Male 48.85 42.07
  • Female 51.15 57.93
  • 25 or older 31.91 69.31
  • Disabled 5.93 1.03

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08 Spring- Students with Risk Categories (Self
reported)
  • College
    Bilingual
  • Academically 54 40
  • disadvantaged
  • Financially 63
    8
  • disadvantaged
  • Adult learner 8 13
  • Single parent 7 2

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08 Spring- Students with Risk Categories (Self
reported)
  • College
    Bilingual
  • Displaced 18 2
  • homemaker
  • First generation to go to college - One out of
    three or four for both categories.

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08 SPRING - FIRST TIME STUDENTS
  • BILINGUAL COLLEGEWIDE
  • N19 N1,283
  • receiving financial aid
  • 73.7 51

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08 SPRING - FIRST TIME STUDENTS
  • Tutoring Lab Usage
  • BILINGUAL COLLEGEWIDE
  • N19 N1,283
  • 78.9 30.6

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Challenges faced by our students
  • English language acquisition
  • - Improving language skills while
  • taking degree credit classes
  • - Understanding classroom language
  • - Giving oral responses in a classroom of
    native English speakers
  • - Producing written assignments

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Challenges faced by our studentsCultural Issues
  • - Educational styles
  • - Classroom behaviors
  • - Abiding by rules rather than negotiating
  • - Adjusting to time management
  • Tribal issues
  • Adjusting to religious and ethnic differences

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First Steps to Enroll
  • 1. Visit the Admissions Office, complete the
    application, and meet with a counselor to discuss
    program options
  • 2. Visit the ESL Student Support Center and sign
    up for the placement test
  • 3. Complete and submit the Financial Aid form

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Placement Testing
  • Compass/ESL computerized test
  • Oral Interview
  • College Math
  • Writing Sample
  • CTBS Español

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COMPASS- ESL
  • Computer-adaptive
  • ATB Approved
  • Untimed
  • ESL e-Write
  • Tutorial mousepractice available
  • Proficiency Descriptors www.act.org/esl

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COMPASS/ESL COMPUTERIZED PLACEMENT TEST
  • LISTENING COMPREHENSION
  • GRAMMAR
  • READING COMPREHENSION

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Oral Interview
  • Brief one on one interview, using the NYSPLACE
    TEST
  • College Math
  • Paper and pencil timed test

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Writing Sample
  • Written composition
  • Students choose one out of four topics to write
    about.
  • The test is timed for 30 minutes.
  • No dictionaries may be used.
  • The compositions are scored by two readers for
    placement

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WHEN WE TEST
  • On entry
  • Before and after summer institutes
  • To determine skills levels for the ESL certificate

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WHY WE TEST
  • For entry
  • To determine ATB skills
  • To determine placement into courses
  • To look for progress

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Student Life
  • Clubs
  • Multicultural Activities
  • Planned Student Housing

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How We Help
  • Pre-Collegiate ESL Institute for prospective
    students
  • Summer Academic/ESL institutes for new and
    continuing students
  • Instructional Support Specialist
  • Tutors
  • Labs
  • Advisement

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How we Help
  • Joint advisement with academic departments
  • Block scheduling
  • Tracking
  • Supporting student clubs and events
  • Counseling referral

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Other Support Services for ESL Students
  • ESL Lab
  • Language Lab
  • Bilingual Faculty and Staff

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After ECC
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  • Questions?

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Thank You!
  • Pamela Murray, Consultant, ACT, Inc.
  • Dr. Eleanor Paterson, Director of the ESL Student
    Support Center (851-1049)
  • patersonec_at_ecc.ed

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My CountrySudan
  • Sudan is located in medal east Africa and has
    Neighbors countries as you see in the map.
  • Sudan is about one Million square mile.
  • Sudan has four season a year. Summer, Winter,
    Path, Autumn.
  • The population in Sudan is 35 Million people.
  • The religious in Sudan are, Cristina , Islamic ,
    and other religious.

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Sudanese Capital City Khartoum
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Some of our lovely villages
16-08-2005
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Small rest station
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Tutie bridge some of Cotton plant
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Jungle Domestic animals
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Sudanese Geese
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Darfur Genocide War
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Sudanese Map Flag
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Puerto Rico
  • Evelyn F. Perez

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Puerto Rico
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Location
  • Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and
    the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican
    Republic.

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Places to visit fire station
  • The Old Ponce Fire Station was built as the main
    exhibit pavilion for the 1882 Exhibition Trade
    Fair. In 1883,the building was dedicated as
    Ponces official firehouse a function which it
    served fore more than 100 years. The wood frame,
    Gothic structure exhibits a Moorish of red and
    black.

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Morro
  • The Morro of P.R. is one of the places most
    visited by tourist that go to P.R. every year.
    The morro is also known as Castillo of San Felipe
    of morro.This place protected P.R. for many
    attacks years ago.

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Bailes de las montanas
  • Was the principal musical expression of the
    Jibaro,the humble and hardworking mountain
    people who worked the coffee plantions and
    inland farms of P.R. These lively celebrations
    lasted from early afternoon until long into the
    night.

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Thank You For YOUR ATTENTIONGracias!
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