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Author(s) + contact information
Korey David McMurtrey - korey.mcmurtrey@gmail.com
Title
Immigration, assimilation,   and language : a case study of ESL programs in Louisville, Kentucky.
LanguageEnglish
Date2006
Summary
This thesis examined the structure: and processes of several different organizations that   offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in one Kentucky county. The   purpose of the study was to analyze the: structure of the organizations, and   then analyze how the structun~ affects their approach to teaching ESL. There   were three expectations going into this study: the ESL programs would be   segregated and distinct from one another, they would be challenged to teach a   diverse clientele, and the services would be strongly student-oriented. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six program coordinators and   two teachers across six different organizations. The findings revealed that   although the programs do operate independently, they are much more connected   than initially expected. Due to recent trends in immigration and assimilation   patterns, the ESL programs teach classes holistically, based on the needs of   a diverse student population.
Key words
ESL, immigrant, language education, teachers
Other interesting information
The thesis highlights the importance to have an individual-centered approach to learning   which focuses on individual need. A common approach might not be suitable for   immigrant adults.
Interest for the project
4/5
Contributor´s name + email
Stéphanie Barillé - stephanie@unak.is
Co-funded by The Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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