ERIC Number: ED171338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
English as a Second Language for Adults. Discussion Paper 04/79.
Because of a growing community of non-English speakers in British Columbia, there is an urgent need for effective teaching programs in English as a Second Language (ESL). Non-English speakers frequently face educational deprivation, difficulty in using their skills and in finding employment, dependency on government assistance, and, if children, disadvantages in entering the school system. ESL services have been provided on an ad hoc basis. ESL services should be expanded and equitably distributed to meet identified needs. Each institution that offers ESL programs should have a core of full-time, trained instructors. Pre- and in-service training including adult education and community practice should be available for teachers in the public and private sectors. A special ESL curriculum should address individualized instruction and independent learners. Outreach programs such as industrial English and Open Learning Institute distance programs should be developed to improve access. A central resource center should provide for the development and exchange of information and materials, and for pre- and in-service training. Funds should be provided to meet the full costs of adult ESL programs in colleges and school districts, including costs of identifying needs, developing programs and curricula, instruction, assessment, support services, and evaluation. Discussions and data related to specific recommendations in these areas are provided. (Author/AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria.
Identifiers: British Columbia