Master of Arts in Ethics and Policy Studies
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Mark Lutz, Chair
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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.
English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers; Hispanic Americans--Education; Participation
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Irias, Jose, "Deterrents to participation and retention in English as a second language (ESL) programs among adult Hispanic immigrants" (2011). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1214.
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