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ERIC Number: EJ1150755
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2169-0480
GED Success: Case Study of an English Language Learner in Correctional Education
Gardner, Susanne
Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, v6 n2 p37-48 Sum 2017
Understanding the elements of educational success for adult English language learners (ELLs) is an important priority for correctional educators, especially today with an increased population of non-English speaking students in correctional schools throughout the country. There is a dearth of information, however, about incarcerated adult ELLs and how they approach learning in an academic context. This article documents the five-year journey of Adalberto, an 18-year-old incarcerated Hispanic student in Maryland and his quest for a General Educational Development (GED) diploma. Challenges included similar situations found in a more traditional high school and also unique situations found only in correctional education. Factors influencing Adalberto's educational success included reading extensively in his second language, using bilingual dictionaries and textbooks, articulating his goals in class, cooperative learning including the use of inmate tutors, and being a positive role model for other ESL students.
Commission on Adult Basic Education. PO Box 620, Syracuse, NY 13206. Tel: 888-442-6223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High School Equivalency Programs; High Schools; Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Guatemala; Maryland
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests
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