English Faculty Publications

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date


Publication Source

ESL Readers and Writers in Higher Education: Understanding Challenges, Providing Support


This chapter presents selected findings from our study of a well-established ESL writing program at a U.S. university with a large population of international undergraduate students. The study was conducted in all 13 writing sections. The instruments included demographic data from university registrars; one instructor survey, administered at the end of the semester; and two student surveys, one administered at the beginning of the semester and one at the end. The instructor survey response rate was 100% (13 teachers); the student survey response rates were 82.5% (161 students) and 88% (171 students), respectively.

The reported findings inform five areas: an ESL course in the university's writing program, placement and student motivation, course structure and practices, instructor feedback, and writing lab (WL). A tripartite discussion of each area includes the observed processes, related findings, and potential implications.

Inclusive pages




Document Version

Published Version


This chapter is provided for download with permission from the publisher. Permission documentation is on file.


Taylor & Francis

Place of Publication

New York, NY