ERIC Number: ED319240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-20
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Training Part-Time ESL Instructors.
The rising population of foreign residents, often with limited knowledge of the English language, has created an interest in developing programs in English as a Second Language (ESL). One community college has addressed the need by undertaking a program that focuses on the selection, training, and evaluation of part-time ESL and adult basic education instructors. The prospective ESL tutors are recruited from the literacy council, reading centers, private aid organizations, and all school levels. Participants then attend an intensive workshop to prepare for the classroom. These future teachers are assigned a mentor, experienced in the field, to help them design courses and gather materials, and to evaluate their progress. The program is organized based on current understanding of adult pedagogy, the characteristics and learning styles of adult learners, enhancement of student motivation, the need for cultural sensitivity with different ethnic groups, adaptation of materials, initial testing and placement, and the need for continued academic advising. Guidelines are presented for program design and administration, including instructor and program evaluation. A brief list of related resources is provided. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Adult Basic Education, Adult Students, Community Colleges, Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), Faculty Evaluation, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Teachers, Literacy Education, Part Time Faculty, Program Administration, Program Evaluation, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Student Placement, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of States for Inservice Education (San Antonio, TX, November 20, 1989).