The development of an adult English as a second language instructional course for use in Jamestown, New York
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SubjectEnglish language -- Study and teaching -- Spanish speakers -- Case studies; English language -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- Jamestown; Adult education -- New York (State) -- Jamestown; Curriculum planning
There are an increasing number of Spanish-speakers in Jamestown, New York. The Spanish-speaking adults have limited access to high quality English as a Second Language instruction which is the problem this curriculum addresses. Research has shown that in order for adult education to be successful, it is necessary to take the appropriate factors into consideration. This involves acknowledging scheduling conflicts and understanding familial priorities and obligations that may prevent enrolling in such a program. Part of creating a successful adult education program involves appealing to the individual interests of learners, as well as maintaining motivation to keep the adults attending. Of all the unique topics that intrigue adult learners, this curriculum focuses on three of the most important: work, community, and home. This purpose of this curriculum is to provide instructors with a course that targets the specific needs of adults in detail. It stimulates language acquisition by teaching English through authentic experiences. One of the intended results of this curriculum is to increase the number of Spanish-speakers in the local workforce as well as promote cultural interaction and acceptance within the Jamestown community.