University Presentation Showcase: Undergraduate Division

Project Title

Factors that Influence Academic Satisfaction in University English as a Second Language Students

Presenter Hometown

Lexington

Major

Psychology & Spanish

Department

Psychology

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Sara Incera

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

English as a Second Language (ESL) students are a growing population in U.S. universities. Previous research has been conducted on general students’ satisfaction as well as ESL students’ academic success. However, not many studies have investigated ESL university students’ academic satisfaction. The present study measured four factors that could affect academic satisfaction in ESL students: English proficiency, cultural inclusion, connectedness to school, and faculty relationships. A survey containing measures for all of these variables was distributed to ESL students at Eastern Kentucky University. The variables Cultural Inclusion and Connectedness were strongly and positively correlated with ESL student academic satisfaction, while English Proficiency and Faculty Relationships seemed to have no effect on academic satisfaction. The results from this study can be used to directly benefit ESL students by creating teaching resources and providing training to faculty and tutors across campus.

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Factors that Influence Academic Satisfaction in University English as a Second Language Students

English as a Second Language (ESL) students are a growing population in U.S. universities. Previous research has been conducted on general students’ satisfaction as well as ESL students’ academic success. However, not many studies have investigated ESL university students’ academic satisfaction. The present study measured four factors that could affect academic satisfaction in ESL students: English proficiency, cultural inclusion, connectedness to school, and faculty relationships. A survey containing measures for all of these variables was distributed to ESL students at Eastern Kentucky University. The variables Cultural Inclusion and Connectedness were strongly and positively correlated with ESL student academic satisfaction, while English Proficiency and Faculty Relationships seemed to have no effect on academic satisfaction. The results from this study can be used to directly benefit ESL students by creating teaching resources and providing training to faculty and tutors across campus.