ERIC Number: ED385178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Adult Education for Limited English Proficient Adults. Fact Sheet 3.
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Adult Learning and Literacy Clearinghouse.
An overview of adult education programs and services for limited-English-proficient adults is offered. The population targeted by these programs and services is estimated at 4 to 6.5 million United States residents, refugees, and immigrants. Adults and out-of-school youth 16 years and older are eligible for federal adult English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) programs. Most of those currently served are immigrants, and the largest language group is Hispanic. Enrollment in the federal adult education program has risen from 396,000 in 1980 to over 1.5 million in 1993. ESL is the fastest-growing instructional area in the adult education program. Adults participate in the programs for a variety of reasons, including improved employment potential, better communication, greater participation in society, desire for citizenship, completion of academic objectives, and increased ability to help their children. A variety of approaches, methods, techniques, and technologies are used in the classroom, and generally at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Instruction usually focuses on language functions, communicative competence, and grammar. A variety of formal and informal measures are used to determine student needs and progress. Eight organizational sources for further information are listed. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Curriculum Design, Educational Needs, English (Second Language), Federal Programs, Information Sources, Learning Motivation, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, Program Design, Second Language Programs, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Adult Learning and Literacy Clearinghouse.
Note: For an earlier document, see ED 347 857.