ERIC Number: ED407882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Needs Assessment for Adult ESL Learners. ERIC Digest.
Weddel, Kathleen Santopietro; Van Duzer, Carol
A needs assessment for use with adult learners of English is a tool that examines, from the learner's perspective, what kinds of English, native language, and literacy skills the learner believes he has, literacy contexts in which the learner lives and works, what he wants and needs to know to function in those contexts, what he expects to gain from the instructional program, and what might need to be done in the native language or with the aid of an interpreter. It continues throughout the instructional program, serving several purposes: aiding administrator, teachers, and tutors with learner placement and in developing materials, curricula, skills assessments, teaching approaches, and teacher training; assuring a flexible, responsive curriculum; and providing both instructor and learner with information about what the learner brings to the course, what is accomplished during the course, and what the learner needs to know next. Needs assessment can take a variety of forms, including survey questionnaires, learner-compiled inventories of language and literacy use, learner interviews, review of reading materials, class discussion, personal or dialogue journals; or learner-prepared timelines. To be effective, assessment must be appropriate to the learner or group of learners. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Students, Educational Needs, English (Second Language), Evaluation Methods, Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Second Language Instruction
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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.