ERIC Number: ED180209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
What ESL Students Want: A Report of Their Opinions on Coping Skills in the Classroom.
Bodman, Jean W.; Lanzano, Susan C.
Adult students of English as a second language (ESL) in northern New Jersey were surveyed to determine their perceptions of the relative importance of various aspects of English instruction. The questionnaire was based on a 1974 Adult Performance Level Study (APL). Results of the survey led to the following general conclusions: (1) Spanish-speaking students were enthusiastic about virtually all of the 132 subjects described on the APL, and were especially interested in the area of occupational knowledge; (2) Japanese students were most interested in areas involving the consumption of goods and services, and least interested in occupational knowledge; and (3) Polish students were least interested in the consumer area, and most interested in the vocational area. In general, it was concluded that coping skills should be a part of all adult ESL curricula, though not all such skills are of universal interest. Responses were further analyzed according to nationality, sex, and urban or rural residence of respondents. Program planning is discussed, and the questionnaire and a tabular breakdown of responses are appended. (JB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Consumer Education, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language), Japanese, Language Instruction, Polish, Program Development, Questionnaires, Relevance (Education), Second Language Learning, Spanish Speaking, Student Interests, Surveys, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jersey City State Coll., NJ. Adult Education Resource Center.
Identifiers: Adult Performance Level; Survival Language
Note: Paper presented at the annual convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (12th, Mexico City, Mexico, April 4-9 1978)