[Assessment 1467] Re: Thinking about the NIFL_How ELLs access information

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Grulich, Laura lgrulich at dycd.nyc.gov
Wed Nov 19 10:41:28 EST 2008

I am new to the list, so bear with me...
This is not a direct response to your question but may be related?
I am working with Community Based ESL and Literacy programs in NYC's
five boroughs.
My question is - has there been, or do you know of, a study or site that
has researched how immigrants (and others wanting to learn and improve
their English) access information about available programs and
For instance, is it primarily through newspapers, flyers, radio,
television, internet, word-of-mouth?
I appreciate your sharing information and ideas in this inquiry.

Laura Grulich

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Subject: [Assessment 1466] Thinking about the NIFL


In July 1991, the President of the United States signed Public Law
which, among other things, established the National Institute for
(NIFL). The law called on the NIFL to conduct basic and applied research
and demonstrations. Though the actual agenda for the NIFL was not
specified, examples of questions to be addressed were given. These

1. How do adults learn to read and write and acquire other skills
(listening, speaking, reasoning, etc.)?
2. How does the literacy level of the parents affect the skills
and schooling of the parent's children?
3. What are better ways to assess literacy skills?
4. How can better instructional programs be developed?
5. What are good methods for assisting adults and families to
literacy skills, including the use of technology; methods for adults
special learning needs (learning disabilities), and limited English
proficient (LEP) adults?
6. How can the most disadvantaged be effectively reached and taught
7. How can technology be used to instruct and to increase the
8. How can research effort of others be built on?
9. How can the field attract, train and retrain professional and

We are now nearing the end of 2008, some 18 years after the NIFL was
established, and I am wondering what adult literacy professionals think
these questions: were they appropriate for the work of the NIFL, if so,
well have they been addressed, and if there were other questions that
priority and were addressed by the NIFL, and how any one or all of these
activities have improved the field of adult literacy education up to

Some adult literacy advocates have called for changing the present
focus on lifelong learning of literacy from birth through adulthood, and
returning it to its original focus on adult literacy education. Is this
good idea?

What do you think the NIFL should be doing to advance the field of adult
literacy education that it is not doing now?

Tom Sticht

National Institute for Literacy
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