ERIC Number: ED245090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Volunteer English as a Second Language Instructional Program for Non-English Speaking Adults. Final Report.
Catholic Social Services, Harrisburg, PA.
The primary goal of a multi-purpose project was to utilize both Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) and Laubach Literacy Action (LLA) in training volunteers to teach English to refugees. Catholic Social Services trained 163 volunteers who were placed in adult basic education (ABE) classes, small group instruction settings, and one-to-one tutoring situations in York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Students were recruited through brochures, bilingual posters and flyers, and word of mouth. Volunteers were recruited through notices in church bulletins, newspaper articles, public service announcements, brochures, and a display. To evaluate the project, training of tutors and their instructional methods were closely monitored, and all tutors and staff completed a questionnaire and were interviewed. Results showed that LVA tutors were younger than LLA tutors. Volunteers were mostly college graduates or individuals with prior teaching experience. LLA tutors felt more confident about their ability to begin teaching English as a second language (ESL) at the conclusion of training. Conclusions were that volunteers are best prepared if they are provided with a combination of both LVA and LLA training and ABE/ESL teachers need to be acquainted with both methods. (Appendixes include addresses of resource organizations and the questionnaire.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Public Welfare, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Catholic Social Services, Harrisburg, PA.
Identifiers: Laubach Literacy Action; Literacy Volunteers of America; Pennsylvania (Harrisburg); Pennsylvania (York)