ERIC Number: ED030849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-7
Reference Count: 0
Adult English as a Second Language Program in Chicago.
Mattran, Kenneth J.
If only ten percent of the total estimated non-English-speaking potential of the Chicago area were actually non-functional in English, there would be some 40,000 people in need of English language training. In investigating to what degree this obvious need is being met, the writer was surprised to discover that some, including teachers, question the need for classes at all--"Can't people learn the language through experience with media and/or public contact?" The immigrant, he points out, unlike an American residing temporarily abroad, needs to survive in a culture that is articulated by the English language. That society must provide instruction for newcomers in the language of the people as part of the total educational scheme. The largest program for adult learners of English as a second language in the Chicago area is run by the Americanization Division of the Bureau of Education Extension of the Chicago Board of Education. More than 10,000 persons attend classes in some 400 centers in schools, churches, neighborhood houses, settlement houses, libraries, and 32 industrial firms. The writer discusses the "superb" overall organization of the program, and offers suggestions for overcoming the weaknesses in the areas of methodology, curriculum structure and development (including specific English objectives), and teacher qualification and training. (AMM)
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Identifiers: Chicago Public Schools IL
Note: Paper given at the Third Annual TESOL Convention, Chicago, Illinois, March 7, 1969.