ERIC Number: ED409749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Participation of Adults in English as a Second Language Classes: 1994-95. Statistics in Brief.
Kim, Kwang; And Others
The report details results of the 1995 National Household Education Survey concerning home language use, English language proficiency, and participation in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes. The survey found that about 12 million adults reported speaking a language other than English at home. Of these, almost 11 percent had participated in ESL classes in the 12 previous months. About one-quarter of the remaining group showed interest in the classes. Almost two-thirds had no interest; of these, about half reported speaking English well. Analysis of the data shows patterns in characteristics of this population and ESL class participation or non-participation, and reasons for participation. Information was also gathered about the providers of ESL instruction, use of personal funds for participation, sources of information on ESL classes, which of the interested non-participants knew about class availability, and barriers to participation. Extensive information on the survey methodology and data reliability is also included. Appended tables provide numerical data on characteristics of the population in question, participation rates and reasons, program characteristics, and characteristics of non-participants. Contains 17 references. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Educational Attitudes, Educational Demand, English (Second Language), Enrollment Rate, Language Proficiency, Language Role, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, National Surveys, Second Language Instruction, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Costs
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.