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ERIC Number: ED297588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 17
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Theory and Practice in Teaching ESL/ABE.
Davis, Wanda
There is a need for instructional models in English as a second language (ESL) and adult basic education (ABE). However, before adequate models can be built, a unifying theory of learning for this unique instructional category must be advanced. Existing learning theories, particularly for adult learners, are helpful but need to be refined to fit the parameters of second language learning in adult basic education. Some theories offering promise are those of John Dewey and Theodore Brameld. Adult learning theorists making contributions include Malcolm Knowles and Paulo Freire. In language acquisition, Stephen Krashen seems closest to providing a theory for ESL/ABE. Once a theory has been articulated and learning models formulated, programs can be developed that may be more successful than those that have grown without benefit of theoretical foundations. Present programs could be retained in some instances, but with a new sense of direction. In seeking a theoretical model for ESL/ABE, teaching and learning should be viewed not as separate entities but as inseparable. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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