ERIC Number: ED419436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Adult Participation in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) Classes. Issue Brief.
This issue brief contains statistical information on the number of adults participating in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) courses in the United States. Particular questions addressed include these: Which non-english speaking adults have taken or may be interested in taking ESL classes? Why did ESL participants take the classes, and how did they find the classes they took? Where did adults take ESL classes, and what were the costs? and What are the barriers to ESL participation? The information summarized in the report suggests that younger adults, more recent immigrants, and people whose highest level of education was a high school diploma or equivalent were more likely to have participated in ESL classes in the previous 12 months. Among those who said they were interested in taking an ESL class, but had not, most reported that they did not know about any ESL classes that were available. Among those who wanted to take an ESL class and were aware of opportunities, the main barriers reported were time, money, and child care/transportation. (JL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.