ERIC Number: ED358751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Cross-Cultural Issues in Adult ESL Literacy Classrooms. ERIC Digest.
This digest identifies some of the cultural factors that can influence learner and teacher behavior during classroom English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction. Four topic areas are discussed: roles of learners and teachers, gender-related issues; appropriate topics for instruction, and behavior at the site of instruction. Given the diversity of the student population along with the part-time and temporary nature of ESL instruction and the varied backgrounds of literacy instructors, it is impossible to offer guidelines for cross-cultural training that fits all adult ESL classrooms equally well. Only cross-cultural efforts that require ongoing mutual discovery and adaptation by both learners and teachers can provide the concrete guidance needed to insure that literacy instruction is culturally as well as linguistically compatible for all those involved. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education) (LET)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Sex, Student Role, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teacher Role
NCLE, Center for Applied Linguistics, 1118 22nd Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
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.