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ERIC Number: EJ936257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1949-3533
Writing Together: Building Community through Learner Stories in Adult ESL
Wood, Katherine
TESOL Journal, v2 n2 p239-248 Jun 2011
Interrupted formal education is a barrier that makes learning English as an adult an extremely challenging commitment. Besides the many work and family responsibilities that most adult English as a second language (ESL) learners face, students with interrupted formal education (SIFE) often lack familiarity with school-based skills and typical classroom activities that develop over years of formal schooling (Florez & Burt, 2001; Wrigley, 2004). Their limited reading skills also effectively shut off a major source of input for learning, especially learning in school. This article describes how an ESL family literacy program serving refugee SIFE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, uses learner narratives to create an engaging, productive classroom experience. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Bhutan; Burma; Burundi; Pennsylvania; Sudan