Adult ESOL Learners with Emerging Literacy. Robin Lovrien Schwarz, M. Sp.Ed: LD; Ph.D. Consultant in Adult ESOL and Learning Difficulties. Introduction .
Robin Lovrien Schwarz,
M. Sp.Ed: LD; Ph.D.
Consultant in Adult ESOL
and Learning Difficulties
Learners with little or no literacy and who are attempting to gain literacy in a new language present a special challenge to teachers.
In this webinar, you will learnwhat research tells us
Persons with NO prior formal education in ANY language
They are NOT persons
“Learning to read and write is a revolution in the brain.”
Castro-Caldas & Reis, 2003
According to researchers, the brain learns not only the elements of the written system…
but it also learns to organize incoming information according to the writing system being learned: For example, readers of English learn to scan visual fields from upper left corner; readers of Arabic scan visual fields from upper right.
Information is no longer random in the brain
Some observed behaviors in non/low literate learners:
No concept of grammar, organization of language
AT THE BEGINNING!
Keep it REAL:
REAL Items in THEIR environment
Experiences (visit a grocery store, a health center, a clothing store, a pharmacy)
Situations: THEIR jobs, transportation,
People: family (REAL family!!) classmates, teachers, members of their community
Build receptive skills: Total Physical Response (TPR)
Use three objects students know
Line them up. Indicate the “beginning” (left end)
Then show beginning, middle final, using objects
Ask students to change them around :Put cup in the middle; put pencil at the end.
Keep directions simple, consistent.
Switch to alphabet letters when the concept seems clear.
Make sure you have words that are easily found: Exit, Men, Women, Stop, Street, One Way, Hours, etc.
Students have words on a list and cross them off or put a sticker next to each one they find outside the classroom.
Be sure to teach them how to do this. Do it in the classroom with them, and then outside the classroom with them until they catch on.
Building Phonological Awareness
(These are not specifically for non/preliterate adult ESOL, but have excellent ideas--even pictures, to show how phonological skill building is done.--Just avoid using ideas needing TEXT.)