ERIC Number: ED367197
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Growing Old in America: Learning English Literacy in the Later Years. ERIC Digest.
Since the end of World War II, the United States has provided haven for nearly two million refugees who were involuntarily displaced from their homelands. In addition, during the last several decades, over one million legal immigrants have also found their way into the United States. Although the proportion of elderly may be small among these newcomers, immigrants and refugees play an increasing role in the "graying of America," as uprooted adults age in their new homeland. This digest argues that it is both feasible and appropriate to provide language and literacy instruction for older immigrants and refugees and discusses the needs and resources of these older learners. Factors that influence language and literacy acquisition are discussed, and promising programs and practices for serving older adults are highlighted. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education) (VWL)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, English (Second Language), Literacy Education, Older Adults, Program Descriptions, Teaching Methods
NCLE, 1118 22nd Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037.
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: Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.; National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.