TESOL Member Resolution on Granting Credit for ESL in Institutions of Higher Education (1987)

Whereas large numbers of nonnative English speaking students have been accepted into institutions of higher education in English-speaking countries, and

Whereas these students are generally required to take English as a second language (ESL) courses as a part of their academic program because they have demonstrated need for additional learning opportunities to be able to do successful competitive work with native speakers of English, and

Whereas the material studied in these ESL courses demands the highest level of second language proficiency, including knowledge of contrastive phonetic, syntactic, semantic, and rhetorical information (studies that do not equate with remediating first language skills), and

Whereas these nonnative English speaking students deserve to earn academic credit for their study of English as a second or foreign language, just as native English speaking students earn credit toward the college/university/postsecondary degree for their language study and for courses in linguistic analysis, and

Whereas receiving credit for ESL is likely to increase student motivation and performance in these courses, and

Whereas these students may be required to take a minimum number of credits in order to be considered full time students;

Therefore Be It Resolved that TESOL recommend to institutions to institutions of higher education that they grant credit toward the college/university/postsecondary degree to nonnative English speaking students for their study of English as a second or foreign language, and;

Be It Further Resolved that TESOL make this resolution known to its members through publication in its newsletter, and

Be It Finally Resolved that TESOL send copies of this resolution to appropriate academic officers, administrators, and faculty in institutions of higher education upon the request of TESOL members.

1987 TESOL Convention
Miami Beach, Florida USA

Note: This member resolution was voted upon during the annual business meeting of the association in 1987. Resolutions passed at the annual business meetings of the membership are not official policy of the association. The resolutions need a vote of approval by the Board of Directors.

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