Community-Based Language Training for Immigrant Women and Seniors in Manitoba.Report as inadecuate

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Canada's Community-Based Language Training (CBLT) program was designed as a part-time, flexible language training response for non-confident, isolated immigrant women who required adult English-as-a-Second-Language (A/ESL) training to assist them in their daily lives. It addressed barriers to their participation in classes housed in educational institutions and was developed in conjunction with ethnocultural educational organizations that received funding to administer the program. Learners were involved in planning the program, identifying topics to cover and determining the frequency, duration, and hours of classes. Manitoba's CBLT program, a cooperative venture between the federal and provincial governments, was funded through the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) initiative. In 1996-97, LINC funding was radically reduced, which resulted in a review of Manitoba's entire A/ESL system. CBLT delivery by school division A/ESL instructors came to an abrupt end. The CBLT program was eventually divided into two streams: ESL for women with child care responsibilities and English for Seniors. Today, CBLT offers English for Seniors in conjunction with mainstream senior centers. The paper concludes by discussing how to implement and assess A/ESL efforts. (Adjunct ERIC clearinghouse for ESL literacy education.) (SM)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Education, English (Second Language), Females, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Language Minorities, Older Adults, Second Language Instruction

Author: Kenny, Marilyn; Cap, Ihor


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