ERIC Number: ED222642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
ABE/ESOL Needs Assessment Report.
Maryland Univ., Catonsville. Baltimore County. Center for Educational Research and Development.
A study examined the training needs of Adult Basic Education (ABE)/English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers in Maryland. To assess the training needs of these teachers, researchers administered questionnaires to teachers and administrators throughout the state and conducted an additional informal needs assessment through on-site visits and inservice training sessions. Data collected during the study affirm the fact that ABE/ESOL teachers in Maryland want more opportunity for professional growth. While the quality of instruction available in the state is adequate, more training is needed for each program. Programs should offer workshops and/or classes for the professional growth of teachers. In addition, the University of Maryland Baltimore County Resource Center should prepare packets containing material for new ESOL teachers pertaining to resources available in the field, cross-cultural awareness, bicultural/multicultural education, and current ESOL methodologies. In addition, the resource center should maintain person-to-person contact with all ESOL teachers in the state. Particularly needed are training programs to familiarize new teachers with new methodologies, testing and evaluation procedures, and strategies for teaching culture. (The survey instruments and tabulations of response data are appended.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore. Div. of Instruction.
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., Catonsville. Baltimore County. Center for Educational Research and Development.