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ERIC Number: ED512297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 161
Adult English Language Learners with Limited Literacy
Bigelow, Martha; Schwarz, Robin Lovrien
National Institute for Literacy
Adult English language learners who lack print literacy or experience with formal education encounter a unique set of challenges in their lives and their efforts to learn English. Educators and policymakers are similarly challenged by how best to help these adults acquire English literacy. This paper reviews a variety of research, including that on language acquisition, literacy development in adults and children, cognition and brain functioning, adult education, and professional development. Though research on this specific group of adult learners is sparse, available findings suggest that they need programs and classes separate from those for other beginning-level English language learners, with particular attention paid to cultural influences and their experiences (or lack thereof) with formal education. Those who teach these adults can benefit from professional development opportunities that focus closely on the specific backgrounds, strengths and needs of these learners. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Institute for Literacy
Identifiers - Location: United States