ERIC Number: ED443298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
ESL Instruction and Adults with Learning Disabilities. ERIC Digest.
Schwarz, Robin; Terrill, Lynda
This digest reviews what is known about adult English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) learners and learning disabilities, suggests ways to identify and assess ESL adults who may have learning disabilities, and offers practical methods for both instruction and teacher training. Topics covered in some detail include identifying and diagnosing learning disabilities in second language learning adults, assessing the learners' needs and considering teacher strategies for addressing them, and a review of instructional materials and methods. It is concluded that although a learning disability does not affect all areas of learning, it may have significant impact on the social and work life of the learner. Therefore the field of adult ESL must intensify its efforts to assist learning disabled adult ESL learners and their teachers. Such efforts require more long-term sources of funding for research, specifically in the area of assessment and instruction, training, and assistive technology. (Contains 14 references.) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (KFT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Classroom Techniques, English (Second Language), Learning Disabilities, Literacy, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
ERIC/NCLE, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016. For full texts: http://www.cal.org/ncle/DIGESTS.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.