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.
English as a Second Language (ESL) at UCLA
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Faculty
Meisenheimer, Barbara L.
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.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
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.