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ERIC Number: ED020464
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 1
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ADULT BASIC EDUCATION.
BARNES, ROBERT F.; AND OTHERS
IN 1965, THE TASK FORCE ON TEACHING ENGLISH TO THE DISADVANTAGED TRIED TO IDENTIFY THE PROBLEMS IN THE FIELD OF ADULT BASIC BY VISITING 35 PROGRAMS IN 15 STATES AND COLLECTING SOME 1,300 PIECES OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL. AMONG THE PROBLEMS OBSERVED WERE THE LACK OF WRITTEN OPERATIONAL OBJECTIVES DESIGNED AROUND THE STUDENTS' GOALS AND NEEDS, BROAD AND HETEROGENEOUS CLASS STRUCTURE, TEACHERS RECRUITED FROM ELEMENTARY, SECONDARY, AND RETIRED TEACHERS, AND MARRIED WOMEN, AND AN AIR OF COMPLACENCY TOWARD THE PROGRAM. PARTICULARLY, THERE IS A NEED TO FIELD TEST AVAILABLE MATERIALS AND TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE EDUCATION FOR TEACHERS. TEACHERS SHOULD KNOW THE ECONOMIC, FAMILY, SOCIAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL BARRIERS FOR THE DISADVANTAGED AND THEIR REASONS FOR ATTENDING CLASSES. A TRAINING INSTITUTE OF A MINIMUM DURATION OF EIGHT WEEKS COULD COVER BOTH THE THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL ASPECTS NEEDED. IT IS NECESSARY TO RECRUIT STUDENTS ON A PERSON-TO-PERSON BASIS, THERE SHOULD BE HOMOGENEOUS GROUPING IN CLASSES, INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION, SPECIALLY PREPARED MATERIALS, TRAINING FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, AND ADEQUATE GUIDANCE. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN LANGUAGE PROGRAMS FOR THE DISADVANTAGED, PUBLISHED BY, AND AVAILABLE FROM, THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH, 508 SOUTH SIXTH STREET, CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS. 61822. 26PAGES. (EB)
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Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.
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