ERIC Number: ED472785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep-27
Collaborative Project on Serving Linguistically Diverse Seniors. Final Report.
In 2002, the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) collaborated with the Senior Service Association (SSA) and the American Society on Aging (ASA) on a two-phase project to improve the effectiveness of ASA's sub-grantees in serving linguistically and culturally diverse populations. SSA provides subsidized employment for low-income seniors and funds to sub-grantees to provide English instruction to English-as-a- Second-Language (ESL) seniors. One such program was at the Minneapolis, Minnesota, East Side Community Center, which worked with refugee seniors from Somalia. This report discusses the project's needs assessment and technical assistance phases. The needs assessment involved staff interviews, focus group interviews with Somali senior aides, ESL class observations, and presentations on adult ESL instruction. Technical assistance involved reviewing needs assessment findings and offering presentations at the Community Center for SSA sub-grantees serving senior aides who needed to improve their English. Recommendations are included for steps CAL could take to meet the needs of SSA sub-grantees working with linguistically diverse seniors. Eight appendixes, comprising the bulk of the report, include interview forms and responses, teacher question and observation forms, myths and realities about adult ESL learning, information on best practices in adult ESL teaching, and related conference presentations and teaching materials. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education.) (SM)
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries, Limited English Speaking, Low Income Groups, Needs Assessment, Older Adults, Refugees, Technical Assistance
Center for Applied Linguistics, 4646 40th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20016-1859. Tel: 202-362-0700; Fax: 202-362-3740; Web site: http://www.cal.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Somalia