ERIC Number: ED358749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Reading and Writing into Adult ESL Instruction. ERIC Digest.
Some of the major reading and writing practices currently in use in adult English-as-a-Second-Language programs are described in this digest. Reading activities for such learners are similar to those used in adult basic education classes. At the beginning level, students dictate stories to the teacher or give an oral account of an experience. These stories become texts for initial reading instruction when written down. Literature-based programs often let students select their own texts. Two series of readers are recommended. Use of materials such as advertisements are suggested as well as part of an effort to keep material relevant. Writing instruction has three purposes: to provide practice in the language, to offer a chance for experimentation, and to allow learners to set their own goals. Process writing provides practice, experimentation and communication with language all in the context of helping a student express his own ideas. It is concluded that reading and writing along with oral language ability should be an aim of adult education for second language learners and native speakers. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education) (LET)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse on Literacy Education, Washington, DC.; Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education for Limited-English-Proficient Adults, Washington, DC.