ERIC Number: ED347858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Realising Adult Bilingual Literacy: What Is Required?
Rado, Marta; Foster, Lois
Given the fact that adult citizens of non-English speaking background (NESB) in Australia are actual or potential bilinguals, this paper argues that developing or enhancing those bilingual literacy skills is beneficial to both individuals and Australian society as a whole. The viewpoint is based on a research project with NESB women. Barriers to achieving bilingual literacy are numerous, including teacher attitudes towards using literacy resources in the community at large and in the family. Examples of important factors are the adult ability to learn in independent groups and the inclination of adults to teach their children and others. Additional potential resources are professionals and paraprofessionals such as librarians, bilingual community workers, and other literate volunteer workers, including unemployed or retired citizens. It is suggested that if appropriate mechanisms were in place to use these human resources, they could help extend and strengthen the impact of bilingual literacy programs. Contains 24 references. (Author/LB) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (Townsville, Queensland, Australia, September 29-October 2, 1991).