ERIC Number: ED285977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Utilization of New Technologies to Improve Instruction for Limited English Proficient Adults.
Austin Community Coll., TX.
A project researched a process and generated a sample product to facilitate the teaching of English to adults who have limited proficiency in reading, speaking, or writing the language. Specific areas of interest included using a videocassette recorder (VCR) as a supplemental delivery system, using home video equipment to develop instructional units through the formative evaluation stage, and producing instructional materials and strategies that were based on an analysis of the limited English proficient (LEP) students' needs, interests, and adulthood. Generally, the project team found that (1) the use of the low-cost VCR technology is feasible; (2) incremental success rates and motivational response rates were much higher than expected and teacher response was extremely favorable; (3) the demand by students and teachers generated by this pilot project for more tapes clearly indicates that it would be possible to implement this instructional strategy; and (4) in the opinion of the team, tape losses were minimal and would be far less in the more structured custody system of established course offerings and classes. Despite the success of the curriculum content and instructional strategy as measured by student and teacher response, analysis of the project product suggests that in the areas of linguistics and student orientation this project is only the gateway to quality, motivating, individualized, language instruction. The low-cost home videotapes should be refined and produced in a study and widely disseminated in order to facilitate and accelerate language learning by adults. (The bulk of this document contains the videotape scripts, research forms, and an external evaluation of the project.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Disadvantaged, Educational Technology, Home Study, Instructional Materials, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, Material Development, Program Effectiveness, Reading Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Videotape Cassettes, Videotape Recorders
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Coll. and Univ. System, Austin. Coordinating Board.
Authoring Institution: Austin Community Coll., TX.
Note: Some pages have faint and broken print. Script of Tape 3 Scene 4 through 8 pages have marginal legibility.