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ERIC Number: EJ1019748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Transforming English Language Learners' Work Readiness: Case Studies in Explicit, Work-Specific Vocabulary Instruction
Madrigal-Hopes, Diana L.; Villavicencio, Edna; Foote, Martha M.; Green, Chris
Adult Learning, v25 n2 p47-56 May 2014
This qualitative study examined the impact of a six-step framework for work-specific vocabulary instruction in adult English language learners (ELLs). Guided by research in English as a second language (ESL) methodology and the transactional theory, the researchers sought to unveil how these processes supported the acquisition and application of work-specific vocabulary in three adult ELLs. Data were collected in two levels, before and after training. The first data analysis identified and used two themes to develop training modules' curriculum: (a) policies and procedures related to state and federal regulations and (b) customer service. After participants completed training, the second data analysis identified two additional themes transcending across the three cases: (a) employees' views in English language proficiency skills and (b) growth in writing within their own continuum of English language development. Data revealed how an explicit, work-specific vocabulary instruction approach has the potential to increase ELLs' varying levels of English language proficiency, acquisition, and application of work-specific vocabulary, and, simultaneously, confidence in how they view and use English in the workplace.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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