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ERIC Number: ED456676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 34
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Meeting the Language Needs of Low-Literacy Adult Immigrants in Washington, D.C. and Suburban Northern Virginia.
Ingersoll, Cynthia
The paper investigates how adult immigrants with low literacy levels are being taught language skills in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Particular attention is paid to the reasons why large English-as-a-Second-Language programs (ESL) in the area do not offer native language literacy (NLL) courses and why some students seek NLL instruction. This research should be useful to city and country administrators in their ongoing development of adult education programs, as well as to churches and other nonprofit organizations that help address the educational needs of the local immigrant population. It is concluded that it is difficult for learners lacking NLL to succeed in ESL courses. For students who are impatient to learn English, ESL courses may be the best option. Moreover, for many students speaking languages other than Spanish, ESL courses may be the only option. However, a student who has low literacy skills, or who is apprehensive about going to school, may be much better served by an NLL course. Opportunities to obtain NLL courses are very limited in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, even for Spanish speakers. Three appendices are also included: "Native Language Literacy Survey for Programs That Offer Native Language Literacy Instruction"; "Native Language Literacy Survey for ESL Programs That Do Not Offer Native Language Literacy Instruction"; and "Programs Participating in Survey." (Contains 33 references.) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Virginia