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Co-Curriculum And Esl Student Success: A Case Study In An Intensive English Language Program, James D. Mitchell Jun 2015

Co-Curriculum And Esl Student Success: A Case Study In An Intensive English Language Program, James D. Mitchell

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This project examines the relationship between co-curricular activities and ESL student success in an intensive English language program. Extracurricular and co-curricular activities have been linked to the improvement of several factors, such as self-esteem, retention, and grade point average (Astin, 1984, 1999; Bergen-Cico & Viscomi, 2013). Research in second language acquisition has suggested that meaningful interaction between individuals in the target language (L2) will increase a student’s proficiency. Therefore, a ESL student’s further involvement in an intensive English program could have a major impact on not only their academic success (operationalized in this study by the amount of classes ...