ERIC Number: ED318273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Pima County Adult Education Program's ESL Literacy Project, 1985-86. Final Report.
Namde, Joyce Winchel; Hellman, Linda
The Pima County Adult Education project undertook a demonstration project to provide English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) instruction to students with little or few reading skills. The project's objectives were to: enroll at least 20 students; provide 3 hours of literacy instruction weekly for at least 12 weeks in each of 2 sessions; document participants' entry and exit skills on a reading test and writing sample; develop and implement an appropriate curriculum; develop and/or acquire appropriate instructional materials; and disseminate information about program success. While the project did not meet the enrollment objective and retention was not high, the students who came to class regularly demonstrated substantial progress. Students with writing difficulties showed progress in abilities to form, identify, and use the English alphabet. Those students with low reading skills concentrated on word recognition and sight-sound correspondence. The Language Experience Approach was used in reading and writing instruction. Because some students withdrew from the class without notice, formal assessment of exit skill levels was difficult. Based on the experience of this project, it is recommended that reading classes should be held at the same time as regular ESL classes, that a low teacher-student ratio should be maintained, and that classes should be no longer than 1 hour if held before or after regular ESL classes. An annotated ESL literacy bibliography and Language Experience Approach sample assignment are provided. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pima County Adult Education, Tucson, AZ.