Is Language the Object of Literacy Among United States Female Adult Learners?
The New York State Reading Association, 1999
32 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2011
Date Written: May 31, 1999
We present a case-study of adult females becoming "literate." Low income female learners in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and recent immigrant learners in English as a Second Language (ESL), and their teachers in Central New York State were involved in a Participatory Action Research (PAR). The goal is to present conceptual and attitudinal issues of adult literacy in the United States (US), including ESL and feminist pedagogy. The results suggest that language literacy by itself may not lead to a sustainable autonomous individual and group development. We discuss literacy within attitudinal change about female learner's self-realization vis-a-vis her productivity and social mobility.
Keywords: Language and Literacy in the US, Adult Female Learners, Self-Realization vs. Social Mobility, English as a Second Language
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