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Issues emerging from the pilot of an online module on vocabulary learning by low-educated adult immigrants

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Teachers' knowledge and skills are key in their students' achievement. For those who teach language and literacy to adult immigrants with little or no formal schooling, there is almost no specialist training/development available in many countries. This dearth can and should be addressed at the international level since most low-educated immigrant adults come from a common set of impoverished and war-torn regions and because most governments are unlikely to provide funding for this sort of specialist training and development. An on-going project has taken on the challenge of providing online modules to increase such teachers' knowledge and skills. The pilot-testing of the first international module has shown that this way of reaching teachers is feasible and positively received by participants. The module content, vocabulary learning, revealed that teachers recognise this as a bottleneck in learners' progress, and that more research on this population is required before important questions can be answered.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2015

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  • Language Issues is the part peer-reviewed journal of NATECLA, the national association for teaching English and other community languages to adults. The journal explores the area between academic research and classroom practice, sharing experiences of teaching, training and management and disseminating research and ideas relating to language, political and social issues. Language Issues comprises articles on published and unpublished research, current studies and pieces of action research relating to ESOL and community languages, language learning theories, methods, materials and learners. Voices from the Classroom brings reflections and experiences from teachers, students and others on topics ranging from bilingualism to testing to poetry in the language classroom. There are also interviews with professionals from the field, reviews and reports. Language Issues looks at broad issues and big ideas and is an invaluable resource for everyone interested in language teaching and learning, both in in the UK and elsewhere in the world. You can subscribe to the journal via the NATECLA website. Publisher: National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults.
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