ERIC Number: ED367196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Discovering and Responding to Learner Needs. Module for ESL Teacher Training. [Revised.]
Grant, Suzanne; Shank, Cathy
As part of a competency-based education approach, a module for English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teacher training is presented that aims to increase the teacher's skills in involving learners in needs assessment (NA) and goal setting activities. A classroom NA is a survey of students designed to identify learners' educational needs and goals as wells as skills already mastered. Three training objectives are identified, namely, to enable trainees: (1) to utilize a variety of needs assessment tools for different purposes; (2) to select appropriate tools for the level of the class and the purpose of the needs assessment; and (3) to analyze needs assessment results in order to determine the direction of the class as well as instructional needs. This module contains the following materials: a set of questions on background information; a form for analysis of needs assessment activity; information grids for initial assessment, pre-topic assessment, and mid-course/final evaluation; samples of the mind mapping technique; analysis and application of mind mapping results; a needs assessment tools chart; guidelines for selecting needs assessment tools; and a form for analysis of needs assessment activity. Contains 16 references. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education) (LB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Div. of Adult Education Services.
Authoring Institution: Arlington County Public Schools, VA. REEP, Arlington Education and Employment Program.