ERIC Number: ED106535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching English as an Additional Language to Older People: A Case Study.
Buzan, Jean Mary
The study describes an experimental program in Vancouver to teach English as an additional language to older immigrants who were excluded from existing programs for one reason or another. Classes were held during the morning hours on two consecutive days for seven weeks (with a five-week extension course) in a community center; 45 adults were enrolled. Their ages ranged from 30 to 80 with the average being 38. They spoke 10 native languages; nearly half were German speakers. The aural-oral method, as used in the regular English language training classes, was the main basis of instruction with some adherence to the older cognitive code-learning theory. While the steess was on situational teaching, team teaching was employed, as were numerous and various teaching aids to supplement the situational contexts. A sample of a typical day's lesson is offered. In light of positive student progress in terms of command of the language (especially in situational contexts) and of social confidence, the program was considered a success. Because of its success, plans were developed and implemented to expand it to include five other community centers, where the results were similarly positive. (JR)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Language Ability, Language Acquisition, Language Handicaps, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Language Skills, Older Adults, Participant Satisfaction, Pilot Projects, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Verbal Ability
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Adult Education Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Canada (Victoria)