ERIC Number: ED467747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
English That Works: Preparing Adult English Language Learners for Success in the Workforce and Community. ERIC Brief.
This report discusses efforts in adult English as a Second Language (ESL) education to link language instruction to workforce and civic skills (skills needed for successful participation in the community). It looks at the social forces that underlie these efforts (shifts in the U.S. economy, welfare reform, accountability requirements, and learner needs); describes how adult ESL educators can integrate workforce and civic life skills into their curricula (classroom simulations and cooperative learning); and discusses how to convey these skills to their students through learner-centered instructional strategies and classroom management techniques (establishing behavioral expectations, building skills through classroom rules and routines, generating learner involvement, and using teamwork to simulate the work environment). It concludes that instructional activities and classroom management techniques provide opportunities for learners to develop workforce and civic competencies and to apply what they are learning to the reality of their everyday lives. (Contains 13 references.) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Adult Learning, Civics, Classroom Techniques, Cooperative Learning, Economic Factors, Employment Qualifications, English (Second Language), Job Skills, Second Language Learning, Social Influences, Teamwork, Welfare Reform
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Excerpted and adapted from "Preparing for Success: A Guide for Teaching Adult English Language Learners."