ERIC Number: EJ1026501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Adult ESOL Students and Service-Learning: Voices, Experiences, and Perspectives
Bippus, Sharon L.; Eslami, Zohreh R.
TESOL Journal, v4 n3 p587-597 Sep 2013
This multiple-case study examined the unique perspectives of six adult English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) students who participated as the givers of a service in a semester-long service learning community college ESOL course. Their ages ranged from 19 to 45 and they hailed from five different countries (Colombia, Mexico, South Korea, Venezuela, and Vietnam). This study focused on the students' perspectives regarding their oral communication skills, and specific examples have been drawn from sources such as student journals, reflection papers, projects, semistructured interviews, and personal observations. The benefits identified by the participants include becoming more active learners, developing an appreciation of learning in an authentic atmosphere, and gaining self-confidence. Challenges overcome include language barriers and feelings of fear and incompetence.
Descriptors: Adult Education, Service Learning, Case Studies, English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Community Colleges, Oral Communication Method, Communication Skills, Student Journals, Reflection, Student Projects, Semi Structured Interviews, Observation, Student Attitudes, Foreign Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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