ERIC Number: ED098510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Reading English as a Second Language and the Adult Learner.
Bouchard, Donald; And Others
Adult students are voluntary learners. They have certain expectations of achievement when returning to the classroom. The teacher of adults should utilize these students' experiences, because adults can respond better if encouraged to draw on their personal knowledge. The non-English speaking adult students learning English as a second language have several obstacles to overcome. Not only must they learn to communicate in a new language, but also they must adapt themselves to American culture. Influences on an adult's ability to learn English as a Second Language (ESL) skills include aptitude, age, motivation, and native language interference. These influences are variable and can positively and/or negatively affect ESL learning. Reading ESL is important in order for the non-English adult to communicate effectively and to become more aware of himself in relation to his society. Several factors affect the adult's ability to learn to read English. They are oral knowledge of English, literacy level in the native language, the native language orthography, and student incentive. (Author/WR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bristol Community Coll., Fall River, MA.
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