Academic journal article Adult Learning

Teaching Adult English Language Learners

Academic journal article Adult Learning

Teaching Adult English Language Learners

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Teaching Adult English Language Learners, by Richard A. Orem. Malabar, Florida: Krieger Publishing Company, 2005. ISBN: 1575242192. Hardcover, 152 pages.

Initially, I had high hopes for a practical guide in Teaching Adult English Language Learners by Richard Orem, an English-as-a-second-language teacher, whose extensive experience includes teacher training, administration in TESOL, Inc., teaching in Tunisia as a Peace Corps volunteer, and many other roles in the profession of second language teaching. As a current administrator of a university intensive English program, who is involved in teacher training and professional development, I was looking forward to having another resource I could pass on to classroom teachers. Orem's writing style is easily accessible for even the nonspecialist, but while the book focuses mostly on English training for immigrants in the U.S. workforce, will the content be sufficiently appropriate to recommend to teachers of English for academic purposes?

Throughout the book, Orem recounts his personal experiences in second language teaching, giving the reader a richer context for understanding the underlying principles that guide his philosophies. These principles (pp. 8-13) are informed by a variety of sources, which can be further explored in the seven-page bibliography. Orem delivers a functional addition to the literature that is well researched for both new teachers and those with a more extensive academic background.

The book is arranged into six chapters, though not all address issues that commonly occur in the English classroom. …

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