Academic journal article Journal of Adult Education

Editors' Note

Academic journal article Journal of Adult Education

Editors' Note

Article excerpt

Over the past 20 years, the immigrant population in the United States has experienced tremendous growth. According to a survey conducted by the Migration Policy Institute, immigrants comprised over 12% of U.S. residents and 15% of the workforce in 2005. As a result of the increase in the immigrant population, the need for adult educational services that provide English instruction has also increased. This increased need has presented many challenges to adult ESL teachers, who need to know how to help these learners acquire English proficiency and in many cases literacy.

For adult English language learners, acquiring English can be a daunting task. These learners come from diverse backgrounds and have needs different from English language learners in K- 12 settings.

This special edition of the Journal of Adult Education aims to provide practical research-based strategies to ESL/EFL instructors who teach adults. Specifically, the articles in this special edition focus on research-based instructional practices that promote literacy for adult English language learners.

Exploring the Essential Components of Reading provides an overview of the five foundational skills of reading. A description of the five components is accompanied by instructional considerations and recommendations for adult English language learners. The instructional recommendations found in the article can be easily adapted to any existing curriculum.

Selection and Instruction of Vocabulary for Second Language Readers presents an overview of a framework which can be used by teachers to enhance and enliven vocabulary instruction in L2 reading classes. …

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