ERIC Number: ED290889
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Functional Communication Skills in Adult ESL Students.
This short guide examines three types of syllabi that can be used in helping adult English-as-a-second-language (ESL) students develop functional communication skills--grammatical, topical, and functional syllabi. Examples of the types of vocabulary that would be introduced in each curriculum are provided, and the main approaches that would be taken in each of the three types of courses are discussed. The benefits of combining the three approaches when working with adult ESL students are explained. Guidelines are presented for conducting a needs assessment, compiling a language exponents resource notebook, and developing cross-reference lists. Sample tridimensional syllabi for beginning- and intermediate-level students and a sample lesson illustrating the synthesis of the three dimensions (grammar, topics, and functions) conclude the guide. (MN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (Washington, DC, October 1987).