Orientation for New English Language Learners
Adults come to adult ESL and family literacy programs for many different reasons. They may want to learn English to communicate in their daily lives, develop skills to find a new or better job, become a U.S. permanent resident or citizen, get a high school diploma or GED certificate, advance to higher education programs (e.g., vocational training, college, university), help their children succeed in school or they may simply love to learn (Houle, 1963; NCES, 1995; Skilton-Sylvester & Carlo, 1998; TESOL, 2003, p. 6).
When program staff conduct a thorough orientation process, adult learners new to a program feel at ease and welcome in the program. An orientation process also can minimize barriers to effective participation. Administrators and staff may begin by discussing what the new adult learner wants to know about the program. (See Sample II-10 for a sample interview guide) The interview may have to be conducted in the learner's native language. Staff should consider the questions that new students may have (see Figure II-1) and discuss how to answer them.
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