ERIC Number: ED202505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Teaching English to Non-English Speaking Adults.
Guidelines and suggested instructional materials are outlined as an aid for English instructors who teach non-English-speaking adults. First, teachers are urged to recognize that learning a language is a difficult task that requires a great deal of time; that there are some sounds and words that an adult learning a new language may never be able to make or even discern; that students, however timid, must be encouraged to ask questions and seek help; and that the learning process never ends. Next, several recommendations for instructional procedures are made: (1) conduct an initial assessment of the student's knowledge of English, either through a formal test or through discussion with the student; (2) utilize an interpreter during the first few sessions for students who speak no English; (3) begin the student with two or three language courses selected on the bases of need, level, and time available; (4) identify sounds that may give the student special problems; and (5) have the student perform daily workbook exercises which are challenging, yet easy enough to be handled with reasonable success. Next, the report lists instructional materials that are available, including workbooks, reading lab kits, vocabulary and grammar texts, and audio materials covering conversational English, spelling, phonics, and English for Spanish-, Korean-, and Vietnamese-speaking students. The report concludes with samples of completed course assignments. (JP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A