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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Persistence and Retention: Keeping ESL Students in Classes. What Strategies do you Use to Encourage Students to Complete Classes and to Continue?

Persistence is defined as an internal attribute in which students stay in a class and engage in self-directed study for as long as the demands of their lives allow. Retention is the percentage of students who stay in school for a minimum of a semester or year and intend to continue their studies for an extended period of time. These are some of the challenges teachers of college-level ESL students often face. Barriers to persistence include non-academic factors such as motivation, self-confidence and self-concept, social involvement, financial strife, family or childcare issues, etc, while academic factors include college preparedness, academic success, GPA, level of English, etc. What strategies do you use to encourage your students to stay and continue with their education?