Academic journal article Journal of Adult Education

Editors' Note

Academic journal article Journal of Adult Education

Editors' Note

Article excerpt

As the numbers of adult English language learners (ELLs) continue to grow dramatically, meeting their diverse needs and serving them with quality education are major challenges for adult English as a second language (ESL) educators. Surrounding these challenges are various issues that are key to the success of adult ELLs.

This special edition of the Journal of Adult Education explores current issues in the field of adult ESL teaching and assessment. Specifically, the articles in this special edition focus on issues pertaining to vocabulary development, technology use, assessment-based instruction, and principle-based instruction for adult ELLs.

The first article, Second Language Vocabulary Learning and Teaching: Still a Hot Topic, describes the implementation of personal glossaries in a community program offering English as second language classes to Latina/o Spanish speaking adults. The author argues that vocabulary development continues to be a hot topic in the field of adult ESL due to the essential role that it plays in communication.

The second article, Technology in Adult Education ESOL Classes, explores the use of technology in instruction. …

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