ERIC Number: ED110739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Feb-27
The Effects of a Training Package on ESL Teachers in ABE Programs.
Kircher, Shirley E.
Teachers and paraprofessionals working as instructors in adult English as a Second Language (ESL) programs needed special training to increase their ESL skills and subject matter knowledge. A review of the literature on adult education traces the development of the concept from the eighteenth century to the present, examines the recent particular development of Adult Basic Education (ABE) and ESL within the adult education movement, and hypothesizes that ESL/ABE instructors can improve their self-confidence and competency by participating in a teacher training instructional module. Such an instructional training package was presented to three groups (26 subjects) representing a wide range of ESL programs in Colorado and Wyoming. Research data indicated that an ESL training package given to three test groups improved their knowledge of selected ESL goals and objectives and of related ESL teacher competency information. The data lead to such conclusions as: training packages geared toward special needs of ESL teachers of adults can result in significantly increased knowledge gains; and the learning package structure is well received by teachers of varying knowledge levels who are teaching students of varied backgrounds. The learning package script (32 pages) and course outline are appended. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Colorado State University