Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Dale Brethower

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Malott

Third Advisor

Dr. Neil Kent

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to examine and develop a program to increase the language proficiency of international students.

The subjects for this study consisted of 44 international students enrolled in the course entitled, "Effective College Reading for International Students." The subjects were divided into two groups, the experimental group and the control group.

Gates and MacGinitie Reading Survey E (1978) was used in assessing language proficiency. Speed and accuracy, vocabulary, and comprehension scores were obtained for the experimental and control groups. An analysis using the Fry formula (1977) to identify the grade level score for their stories was performed each week and the grade level score provided.

The analysis of the data using the t-test revealed significant gains. The results of writing performance also showed significant differences in international students between the beginning and the end of the program.