ERIC Number: ED218949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Don't Throw It Away: Junk Mail in the Adult ESL Class.
verDorn, Bethea J.
An experimental class program using "junk mail" in adult instruction in English as a second language (ESL) is described. Junk mail was found useful in filling three interrelated areas of need in adult ESL programs: (1) the need for easily accessible, adaptable adult learning material; (2) the need for personalization and individualization in the classroom; and (3) the need for contextualization and the use of realia. The various kinds of junk mail the ordinary household receives daily were used to teach students how to fill out forms; to reinforce language structures, particularly verb forms; and to teach and practice language functions and tasks. Junk mail was used as supplementary material for preparing oral reports, reinforcing vocabulary, and learning various types of letter-writing styles. Criteria are set forth for the selection of appropriate types of mail; these criteria have to do with the needs and interests of the particular learners involved in the proposed tasks. The final section of the study offers examples of junk mail and outlines of lessons and activities that incorporate it in the adult ESL class. Most of the suggested lessons are accompanied by a reproduction of the piece of mail under discussion. (AMH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Note: M.A. thesis, Hunter College, The City University of New York.