ERIC Number: ED391361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
To Improve English Skills and a Knowledge of American Culture in the Adult E.S.O.L. Learner.
The practicum reported here was developed to provide a curriculum to improve English skills and a knowledge of American culture in the adult English speaker of other languages (ESOL). A 12-week curriculum was devised to teach grammar and language skills within the context of humorous stories about daily living and by using weekly themes that are meaningful and relevant to adult students' immediate needs. Topics included: exchanging personal information; calendar/time/money/weather; parts of the body; food; clothing; telephone usage; the community; employment; the newspaper; and the United States. Subjects were 19 students regularly attending an adult ESOL class. The effectiveness of the curriculum was evaluated with pre- and post-tests. Results indicated increased achievement levels in both language skills and knowledge of American culture. Appended materials include a curriculum planning letter and questionnaire, list of weekly themes, unit tests, and a student data form used by the teacher. Contains 10 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Anatomy, Class Activities, Clothing, Cultural Education, Curriculum Design, Daily Living Skills, Employment, English (Second Language), Food, Geography, Grammar, Humor, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Language Skills, Language Tests, Material Development, Monetary Systems, Newspapers, North American Culture, Relevance (Education), Second Language Instruction, Skill Development, Telephone Usage Instruction, Textbooks, Time, Weather
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, NOVA University.