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ERIC Number: EJ836283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
Literacy Skills Acquisition and Use: A Study of an English Language Learner in a U.S. University Context
Bifuh-Ambe, Elizabeth
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v3 n1 p24-33 Spr 2009
Bilingualism brings about many social, economic, and academic opportunities, and bilinguals certainly experience some joy in acquiring a new language. Yet, the challenge of acquiring proficiency in a second language for successful use in a mainstream university curriculum can be overwhelming. This qualitative case study explores the processes by which a foreign-born English Language Learner (ELL) with limited English proficiency acquired literacy skills for university work, and examines the strategies that the student used to comprehend course content. Data revealed that the ELL encountered difficulties in the following domains: receptive and expressive aspects of the English language; written assignments; comprehension; and the teaching, learning, and assessment models of the host country. The student employed strategies such as asking questions, seeking academic peer coaching, and using multiple media to succeed. Implications for the educational community are discussed and recommendations are made for both English as a second language (ESL) and university instructors to adopt instructional approaches that would enable adult ELLs to attain higher levels of language proficiency and academic success. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy America. 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Tel: 315-422-9121; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States