ERIC Number: ED445548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Involving English Language Learners in Community-Connected Learning. Perspectives on Policy and Practice.
This issue brief considers how to involve English language learners in community-connected learning, a set of strategies to engage young people in learning experiences beyond the classroom. Such strategies include internships at work sites, and project-based learning in classrooms. In successful community-connected learning strategies, students come to understand how they might pursue and expand upon their own interests, and to observe and work alongside adult experiences in a variety of workplaces and occupations. Specifically, they advance their language skills by interacting with English-speaking adults in the workplace, experience being treated as adults, participate in learning as an active rather than passive process, earn wages while charting long-range career plans, and gain opportunities for valuable job experience and learn about academic options at post-secondary institutions. Other issues considered include the following: effective strategies for involving English language learners in internships and project-based learning and the best role of community supervisors and high schools. A check list of potential barriers to English language learners involvement in community-connected learning is matched with specific suggestions for addressing these barriers. Twenty additional resources are recommended. (KFT)
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, English (Second Language), Experiential Learning, High School Students, High Schools, Internship Programs, Limited English Speaking, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.