ERIC Number: ED425663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
How Can ESL Teachers Respond to Welfare Reform?
It is suggested that in the face of welfare reform, including lifetime limits for receipt of welfare services and an emphasis on short-term, intensive employment training, English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction must be adapted to this new reality and adopt a more overt job training emphasis. An instructional formula is provided that responds to the need to produce three distinct outcomes: (1) protect the integrity of ESL instruction and remain focused on development of language abilities; (2) provide adult learners with critical content information on the world of work; and (3) develop "learning how to learn" skills (learning strategies) and broad-based on-the-job competency. The formula incorporates employment-focused content material, classroom management techniques, grouping strategies, and student involvement strategies. The formula is offered to guide ESL instructors in the development of both curriculum and classroom instructional techniques to meet these three goals. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Classroom Techniques, Employment, English (Second Language), Job Skills, Learning Strategies, Occupational Information, Second Language Instruction, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
Spring Institute for International Studies, 1610 Emerson Street, Denver, CO 80218; Web site: http://www.springinstitute.com
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Refugee Resettlement (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Spring Inst. for International Studies, Denver, CO.