ERIC Number: ED394362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
California Refugee English Language Training Task Force Final Evaluation Report, July 1995. Presented to the State Department of Social Services, Refugee Programs Bureau.
Mingkwan, Brigitte; And Others
The Refugee English Language Training (ELT) Task Force, convened by the California State Department of Social Services, collected and reviewed records of refugee ELT programs statewide, conducted site visits and public input meetings, and reviewed literature concerning adult basic education and refugee literacy education. The study and results are presented here. It is concluded that refugee ELT programs must be flexible and responsive to needs of varied populations, within the context of the greater community. Initial ELT programs are most useful when time-limited and directed toward early employment at the highest realistic level for each individual. Training should focus on family health, safety, education, and employment. Both oral and literacy skills are needed, but training should also emphasize individual responsibility for language learning. Eleven recommendations are made concerning creation of a state-level refugee education liaison/consultant, ELT teacher certification, holistic provision of refugee services, provision of native language instruction assistants in ELT programs, fixed-length courses, curriculum planning/design, coordination of ELT programs with training opportunities and resource banks, coordination with industry and vocational training programs, student program evaluation, student assessment, and followup to the evaluation reported here. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Agency Cooperation, English (Second Language), Literacy Education, Program Design, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Public Agencies, Refugees, Second Language Programs, State Programs, Statewide Planning, Teacher Certification, Vocational English (Second Language)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Social Services, Sacramento. Office of Refugee Services.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Prepared by the Refugee English Language Training Task Force.