ERIC Number: ED451729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Benefits and Challenges in Using Computers and the Internet with Adult English Learners.
Although resources and training vary from program to program, adult English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) teachers and English learners across the country are integrating computers and Internet use with ESOL instruction. This can be seen in the growing number of ESOL resources available on the World Wide Web. There are very good reasons for this: learners like computers and technology; the Internet levels the playing field for immigrants; and numerous skills can be developed through Internet activities. There are also several challenges in successfully bringing the use of the Internet and World Wide Web into the ESOL context. These challenges include the fact that both content and language difficulty may keep learners from benefiting; many adult ESOL programs have limited or no Internet access; training needs and costs are high; and language learning is largely a communicative process. Nevertheless, if these challenges can be overcome, computer and Internet use can be effective in facilitating language learning. (Contains 12 references.) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (KFT)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Benefits, English (Second Language), Literacy, World Wide Web
For full text: http://www.cal.org/ncle/usetech.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.