ERIC Number: ED461304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Family Literacy and Adult English Language Learners.
National Center for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.
This fact sheet explains that family literacy programs have been recognized as a way to help children succeed in school while adults develop literacy skills. The Even Start Family Literacy Program is the major family literacy initiative of the U.S. Department of Education. It uses an educational model with four components: adult education and literacy, parenting education to help parents support the educational growth of their children, early childhood education to prepare children for school success, and interactive parent and child literacy activities. Family literacy programs have created many learning opportunities for adult English language learners and their children in rural and urban settings. Family literacy programs serving adult English language learners must do the following: implement programs of sufficient duration to demonstrate learner progress, address both early childhood learning and older children's needs, build on parents' language and literacy, and respect parents' cultures and ways of knowing. As family literacy programs continue to grow in all parts of the country, program staff need to understand and incorporate immigrant parents' strengths, knowledge, and needs into all facets of instruction. Additional resources are listed. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (SM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Cultural Awareness, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Family English Literacy, Federal Programs, Immigrants, Literacy Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Parenthood Education, Second Language Learning
For full text: http://www.cal.org/ncle/factsheets/family.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.