ERIC Number: ED258475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Study of English Language Training for Refugees in the United States. Phase Three: The Influence of Language Training and Employment on Adult Refugees' Acquisition of English. Technical Report.
Arter, Judith; And Others
The third phase of a national study of the impact of English language training programs on adult Southeast Asian refugees in the United States involved a longitudinal study of 400 recently-arrived refugees chosen at random from reception lines of refugee centers in four metropolitan areas: Portland, Oregon; San Diego; Oklahoma City; and Denver. The refugees were given oral English proficiency tests upon arrival and again after six months' residence. Demographic information, including data on English language training and employment, was also gathered to examine the effects of these factors on the rate of English language learning. The report outlines the design and results of this phase of the study, including data tables. It is concluded that English language training promotes language learning more than employment does, regardless of the background or experience of the refugees. The amount of previous education is found to be the most important predictor of skill in Englih, and age is the most important predictor of gain in skill. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adults, Asian Americans, Costs, Educational Quality, Employment Patterns, English (Second Language), Financial Support, Language Proficiency, National Surveys, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Refugees, Regional Planning, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs, State Agencies, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Refugee Resettlement (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Office of Research and Evaluation Services.
Note: For related documents, see FL 015 101-105.