|About the Book|
Using the concept of community building as a framework, this volumesummarizes and updates readers on the state of adult English as asecond language (ESL) education in the United States. It provides acomplete description of this population of learners and theirlearning needs. The various chapters discuss possibilities forcommunity building in the adult ESL classroom, combining research, theory, and practice. Community building is not a new topic- we often discuss itinformally with our colleagues and students. However, scant writtenmaterial exists-with a focus on adult ESL-documenting how ithappens or reconciling theory with practitioners experiences. Inthis volume, several practitioners and researchers explain the waysin which they use community-building principles in adult ESLsettings. The authors descriptions of applications ofcommunity-building principles can help other adult educatorsimplement these ideas in their teaching practice.This is the 121st volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly reportseries NewDirections for Adult and Continuing Education. Noted forits depth of coverage, New Directions for Adult andContinuing Education is an indispensable series thatexplores issues of common interest to instructors, administrators, counselors, and policymakers in a broad range of adult andcontinuing education settings, such as colleges and universities, extension programs, businesses, libraries, and museums.