Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Design or detour? The non-native English-speaking (NNS) student in the community college developmental writing classroom
by Anderson-Manrique, Julie F., Ph.D., Capella University, 2015, 262; 3712029
Abstract (Summary)

Each year hundreds of foreign-born and other non-native English speakers (NNS) enroll in U.S. public community colleges. More than 40% of these applicants do not pass the entrance exams and are then directed to take a series of noncredit courses before entering the mainstream freshmen composition. The word mainstream refers to the regularly credited courses that one takes to earn credits towards one’s certificate or degree program. There are studies comparing the non-native speakers (NNS) to native English speakers (NNS) in the freshmen composition class. Other studies examine the mainstream writing class from the NNS student writer’s point of view. However, there is no literature that discusses the placement of the NNS student in the developmental course from the perspectives of the NNS student, the developmental writing instructor, and the administrator. By interviewing NNS students in the developmental writing class, community college staff, faculty, and administrators who interact with these students, we gain multiple perspectives about the placement of this population in the developmental writing class. The results of this study inform community college educators that some NNS students in developmental writing courses may have detoured from the mainstream path with little regard for some of their cognitive, affective, or linguistic needs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ward, Jason K.
Commitee: Bruch, Elizabeth, Worth, Benjamin J.
School: Capella University
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, English as a Second Language, Adult education
Keywords: Community college, Developmental writing, English as a second language, Non-native English speakers, Teacher beliefs
Publication Number: 3712029
ISBN: 978-1-321-88575-0
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