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Fernandez, Rebeca; Peyton, Joy Kreeft; Schaetzel, Kirsten – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2017
Recent legislation and education standards focus on the importance of developing students' academic and professional writing skills. Research on the teaching of writing has articulated the types of texts and features of writing that students need to produce to succeed. At the same time, studies of writing in adult education have found that limited…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Adult Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Blackmer, Rachel; Hayes-Harb, Rachel – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2016
We present a community-based research project aimed at identifying effective methods and materials for teaching English literacy skills to adult English as a second language emergent readers. We conducted a quasi-experimental study whereby we evaluated the efficacy of two approaches, one based on current practices at the English Skills Learning…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Literacy Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Ouellette-Schramm, Jennifer – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2015
This article describes the complex cognitive and linguistic challenges of summarizing expository text at vocabulary, syntactic, and rhetorical levels. It then outlines activities to help ABE/ESL learners develop corresponding skills.
Descriptors: Expository Writing, Vocabulary, Syntax, Rhetoric
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Finn, Heather B. – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2015
Adult immigrants bring rich experiences to the English as a Second Language (ESL) literacy classroom, and these experiences, which are often fraught with emotion, can influence how they participate in the learning process. In community-based classrooms, where teachers typically have the flexibility to create their own curriculum, there are many…
Descriptors: Adult Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Psychological Patterns
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Anderson, Laurel – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2015
A recent overhaul to the GED exam has made it significantly more difficult for all students to pass, further adding to the burden of those who must take it in a second language. The revamped 2014 version of the exam highlights the need for accommodations for speakers of minority languages who must take the test in English. In fact, there is plenty…
Descriptors: Equivalency Tests, English (Second Language), Testing Accommodations, Limited English Speaking
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Gardner, Susanne – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2014
Correctional Education English as a Second Language (ESL) literacy programs vary from state to state, region to region. Some states enroll their correctional ESL students in adult basic education (ABE) classes; other states have separate classes and programs. At the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, the ESL class is a self-contained…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Correctional Education, Adult Basic Education
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Ro, Eunseok; Ryu, Jin – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2013
The factors determining foreign language abilities have received copious attention from foreign language studies, and these research findings provided highly converging pedagogical implications for language teachers. However, not many studies have focused on non-academic learners especially with respect to their literacy skills. To fill this gap,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Literacy, Surveys, Student Placement
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Rhodes, Christy M. – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine how frequently adult education English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teachers in Florida used specific culturally responsive teaching practices and how important they believed those practices were to their teaching. Using Ginsberg and Wlodkowski's…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Adult Educators, English (Second Language), Language Teachers
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Lee, Yin Lam – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2013
Adult immigrants are invaluable assets to our society as they bring along their cultural capital across borders. However, little is known about how their rich life histories reflect and refract their plights as ESL learners. This study is an investigation of three adult immigrants' English learning in an immigration center in the Midwest. The…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Immigrants, Adults, Adult Learning
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Vinogradov, Patsy – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2012
When adult ESL (English as a Second Language) learners enter our classrooms with little or no first language literacy, their instructors teach them to read for the first time in an unfamiliar language. It is a tremendous task, and the context for teaching "adult emergent readers" is complex. This complexity is coupled with a growing, but still…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Vu, Phu; Vu, Lan – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2012
According to the U.S. Department of Education (2004), more than 40% of approximately three million learners in the federally-funded adult education programs are in the area of English as a second language (ESL). These learners, the majority of whom are immigrants and refugees, represent a huge diversity of cultural backgrounds and nationalities,…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Immigrants
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Robinson, Petra A. – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2012
This study examined how parental participation in Even Start programs contributes to family literacy engagement and parental development. More specifically, its primary aim was to develop an understanding of how parental participation in the program influences their reading behaviors and other literacy practices as well as to highlight observed…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Disadvantaged
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Huang, Jiuhuan; Newbern, Claudia – Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 2012
This article reports on a study that examines the effects of metacognitive reading strategy instruction on reading performance of adult ESL learners with limited English and literacy skills. The strategy instruction was implemented over a period of four months with a group of 18 learners who were enrolled in a high beginning literacy course in an…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Literacy, Reading Strategies, English (Second Language)