Discussion: Surveying Adult English Language Learners

Colleagues,

I am looking to create a survey for adult ESOL students to identify the most important content areas/topics for a new ESOL curriculum that will be used in classes taught by full-time teachers in New York City. The curriculum will be content based and behavioral change goal oriented. 

My goal is to create a short, simple, and effective survey. I plan to use one of the frequency questions below with a list of topics below it and two open ended questions. The responses follow each question.

Discussion: New GED Testing Service Updates Help Connect Adult Education Centers To Potential Students

A recent survey of GED® test-takers shows that while almost 2/3 of test-takers believe that attending a GED® prep class will help them pass the test, 1/3 of test-takers don’t know where to find one or even that these programs exist!

That’s why GED Testing Service is making it easier to connect these test-takers to your adult education programs. Please click here to finish reading this report in In Session.

GED Testing Service

Poll: The Most Debatable Topic in Adult Education

This poll is being posted on behalf of Jackie Taylor as a follow up to the recent  "Most Debatable Topic" discussion: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/discussion/most-debatable-topic-adult-education

Thank you to all who proposed a topic for consideration for a community debate. While many topics proposed would make for excellent discussions (and can still be discussed!), I’ve narrowed the list of debatable topics to four.

For the first time ever, the LINCS COPs will host a debate in the Evidence-based Professional Development Group and in other groups where a topic may intersect areas. Which of the following four topics would you most like to see guests and community participants debate?

  • Moving the goal posts: Are basic skills at risk when teaching to College and Career Ready Standards?
  • Is a HS equivalency really equal? (Are we holding adult students to higher standards for the HS equivalency than youth for the HS diploma?)
  • Should the National Reporting System (NRS) develop a competency-based alternative? If so, should that be in addition to the present system that relies on levels measured by standardized tests, or should it replace that system?
     
  • Does Professional Development (PD) work? How do we know? What can make professional development work better?  How do we improve results? How do we integrate assessment as well as higher levels of evaluation into PD?

 

Cast your vote before Friday, June 13. The topic with the most votes will become the topic of our debate this summer.

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