Award Date

8-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Ethics and Policy Studies

Department

Political Science

First Committee Member

Mark Lutz, Chair

Second Committee Member

Kenneth Fernandez

Third Committee Member

Tiffany Howard

Graduate Faculty Representative

David Forman

Number of Pages

78

Abstract

This study explored Hispanic immigrants' perceived deterrents to participation in, and successful completion of, ESL programs in Las Vegas, Nevada. The study used a qualitative research design, as students, teachers, and administrators from two ESL program sites were interviewed in focus groups and individual interviews. Findings suggest that Hispanic immigrants face deterrents due to both their personal situations (personal deterrents) and to ESL program characteristics (institutional deterrents). Furthermore, some institutional deterrents may be easily reduced, which may in turn increase Hispanic ESL program participation.

Keywords

English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers; Hispanic Americans--Education; Participation

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education

Language

English


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