ERIC Number: ED110957
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: 0
Problems of the Young Adult and Mature Reader of English as a Second Language.
Smith-Gold, David A.
TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) students are usually people who are in the process of assimilating a new language and culture and therefore require more than a superficial knowledge of the language. Adults learning English as a second language might be taught by a language experience approach. Building upon the learners' experiences and needs will help them relate to the community and to their social roles. The orientation of a group of second language learners should be reflected in the curriculum and its philosophy and methodology. Current research suggests that children and adults learning English as a second language use common strategies and process linguistic data in fundamentally similar ways. While it is not appropriate to use the same teaching methods with children and adults in a native language learning situation, some of the ideas that have worked with children learning a second language may be transferable to adults in the same situation. Various language tests and readability formulas are discussed. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (20th, New York City, May 13-16, 1975)