ERIC Number: ED378379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Mother Tongue Learning: A Study of the Learning Needs of the Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi Communities in Edinburgh. Occasional Papers Series No. 5.
Collectively, Pakistanis, Indians, and Bangladeshis form the largest ethnic minority group (4,129) in Edinburgh, Scotland (43% according to 1991 Census figures). Current local provision of education for adult members of the three communities was reviewed. Needs and preferences in terms of educational content, approach, and location were identified by consulting with key communities and by representatives of the following: a community-based Engish-as-a-Second-Language program, a racial equality council, an education center serving children, a resource center serving the educational needs of ethnic minority women, and selected women's groups and religious centers. The respondents' views regarding language in which instruction is desired, levels of instruction desired, preferred study instruction times and places, fees, and certification were synthesized into recommendations for further curriculum development. It was recommended that courses/classes on the following topics be developed/offered: mother tongue language classes in Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Bengali, and Gujarati; religious/cultural studies, Indian studies, and/or Islamic studies; basic computing; spoken and idiomatic English; and Indian languages for non-Indian people. (Appended are lists of the agencies, community groups/organizations, and individuals consulted.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Community Programs, Continuing Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Demand, Educational Needs, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Indians, Native Language Instruction, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Edinburgh, 11 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LW, Scotland, United Kingdom (2 British pounds plus 50 pence postage).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Edinburgh Univ. (Scotland). Centre for Continuing Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Edinburgh)