Oral Histories

Interview of Clifford H. Prator Jr.

UCLA professor of English. Founder of the UCLA English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for foreign students.
Subtitle:
English as a Second Language (ESL) at UCLA
Topic:
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Faculty
Interviewer:
Meisenheimer, Barbara L.
Interviewee:
Prator, Clifford H. Jr.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Language:
English
Copyright:
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Abstract:
Childhood in Fort Valley, Georgia; early exposure to foreign languages; attends Asbury College; attends graduate school at the University of Michigan; studies in Paris; UCLA institutes classes in English as a second language; Franklin P. Rolfe; the Centro Colombo-Americano in Bogota; recruitment and funding of UCLA's new English as a Second Language (ESL) program; changes in the ESL curriculum; Charles C. Fries; teaches ESL in the Philippines; teaches English to Iranians in the United States; UCLA's involvement in Filipino and African language programs; how the teaching of English relates to United States diplomacy; establishment of M.A. and Ph.D. programs in ESL at UCLA; the future of ESL in the United States.