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An analytical perspective on language learning in adult basic education and training programmes

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dc.contributor.advisor Mckay, Veronica I. Vaccarino, Franco Angelo 2015-01-23T04:24:22Z 2015-01-23T04:24:22Z 1999-01
dc.identifier.citation Vaccarino, Franco Angelo (1999) An analytical perspective on language learning in adult basic education and training programmes, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The Directorate of Adult Education and Training of the national Department of Education views Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) not merely as literacy, but as the general conceptual foundation towards lifelong learning and development. This includes knowledge, skills, and attitudes which are needed for social, economic and political participation and transformation. These skills will assist learners in becoming more active participants in their communities, their workplaces and contribute towards the development of South Africa. This study aims to examine whether ABET programmes prepare learners to acquire the language which is needed to achieve this objective. It falls within one of the eight learning areas defined by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), namely the language, literacy and communication learning area. In order to research the effectiveness of learning within this area, it is important to analyse the interaction which takes place within a classroom; the type of questions both educators and learners ask; the type of errors learners make in the classroom; and how the educators treat these errors. What is also of paramount importance is whether the language skills learnt in the classroom are transferred to outside the classroom. To examme this, various authors' views on classroom interaction; questions; errors; treatment of errors; and evaluating the effectiveness of learning are presented. Instruments were designed to analyse these aspects within an ABET programme, and include: • the framework used to undertake the classroom interaction analysis, • the instrument used to explore the type of questions educators and learners ask in the classroom, • how an error analysis is used to identify typical learners' errors which occur frequently, • the methodology used to uncover how educators treat their learners' errors, and • the various stakeholders' questionnaires which were used to ascertain the effectiveness of learning at an ABET Centre. The research findings are presented and interpreted in order to provide recommendations for the development of language learning and teaching within the ABET field. The findings also gave rise to recommendations for classroom practices for ABET educators, and particularly the need for educator training and development. Recommendations for curriculum designers of ABET materials are also presented. en
dc.format.extent 1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Adult basic education and training en
dc.subject Language learning and teaching en
dc.subject Second language acquisition en
dc.subject Literacy en
dc.subject Classroon interaction en
dc.subject Classroom questions en
dc.subject Language errors en
dc.subject Error analysis en
dc.subject Treatment of errors en
dc.subject Evaluating the effectiveness of language learning en
dc.subject.ddc 418.00715
dc.subject.lcsh Adult education -- Research -- South Africa en
dc.subject.lcsh Adult education -- South Africa -- Evaluation -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh Adult education and state -- South Africa -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh Interaction analysis in education -- South Africa -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh Functional literacy -- South Africa -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh Teacher-student relationships -- South Africa -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh Language and languages -- Study and teaching -- South Africa -- Case studies en
dc.subject.lcsh Language and languages -- Ability testing -- South Africa -- Case studies en
dc.title An analytical perspective on language learning in adult basic education and training programmes en
dc.type Thesis
dc.description.department Educational Studies D. Ed. (Philosophy of Education)

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