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ERIC Number: EJ833491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2891
Final Thoughts on Community in Adult ESL
Larrott, Clarena
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n121 p75-77 Spr 2009
Community building is an important, if not essential, element of adult English as a second language (ESL) learning. Communities, whether civic, work, religious, or identity-based, are the contexts within which people cease to be alone and become connected with others. Language is the main tool for communicating with others in communities. For immigrants and adult English learners, language provides not only the bridge to basic survival but also the means by which they forge relationships with neighbors, colleagues at work, and the people who work in the shops, agencies, and institutions in their new country. Immigrating to a new country affects a person's social identity and requires a readjustment in many different areas of the person's life, which is why it is so important that individuals build community in the language classroom. This chapter discusses underlying themes and emergent issues related to community building and the learning and teaching of adult ESL.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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