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ERIC Number: ED505395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
Uses of Technology in the Instruction of Adult English Language Learners. CAELA Network Brief
Moore, Sarah Catherine K.
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition
In program year 2006-2007, 46 percent of the adults enrolled in federally funded, state-administered adult education programs in the United States were enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. These adult English language learners represent a wide range of ages, nationalities, native languages, and English proficiency levels. In order to learn the language, content, and skills needed to be successful in U.S. society and the workforce, these adults need time to devote to learning. However, time spent in formal programs is often limited. Integrating technology in instruction for adult English language learners may offer the flexibility to extend learning beyond that available in a formal program and thus increase opportunities for language and literacy learning. Technology also offers access to new, dynamic opportunities for interaction among students and between teachers and students. The use of technology with adults learning English can also reduce the digital divide by helping these students develop a basic understanding of computers and technology. Additionally, there is evidence that the use of technology with adult English language learners may facilitate their progress toward proficiency in English. This brief discusses three ways of using technology with adults learning English (onsite, blended, and online) and describes examples of some specific technologies and programs for adults learning English. Teachers using technology need to continue to provide opportunities for in-person interaction to promote language and literacy development. Further research is needed on the impact of different uses of technology and on uses that promote English acquisition over time. Given the rapid rate of innovations in software and Internet access, long-term research studies are needed to understand more about the role and impact of using technology with adults learning English.
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition. 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016. Tel: 202-355-1500; Fax: 202-363-7204; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center for Adult English Language Acquisition