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Diverse Learners

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Imagine that you are tasked with an adult English as a Second Language (ESL) class with diverse learners, including:

A 22-year-old male Hispanic laborer recently emigrated from Mexico, who needs English to increase his pay, but who has not been to school since age 15

An unemployed 32-year-old single mother who is a Russian immigrant, knows both Russian and Ukrainian, has a degree in chemistry, but is anxious about taking an ESL class

A Chinese grandmother who speaks only Mandarin, immigrated to be closer to her daughter who married an American, but who is shy about being in class

A 30-year-old African taxi driver with two young children who has little time for homework

A 45-year-old gay musician from Haiti who is uncertain about how colleagues will regard his race and sexual orientation

You want to apply what you have learned about adult learning and development to plan for a successful learning experience.

Consider the implications of learner diversity for adult and post-secondary educators. What are your views on what implications these student characteristics would have for you as a facilitator of learning? What challenges would you face? What opportunities might present themselves?

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A 22-year-old male Hispanic laborer recently emigrated from Mexico, who needs English to increase his pay, but who has not been to school since age 15

The Hispanic male that doesn't' speak English will need to be enrolled in an English Language Learner course. ELL teachers are accustomed to many students who lack comprehension of the English language and utilize differentiated instructional tactics to teach each student according to their individual needs. This laborer would need to incorporate some of their cultural learning into the classroom and the teacher would need to focus on the lack of education of the learner to provide additional tutorial services for the student. This student will be a beginner in regards to the level of English they possess and the added fact that the student didn't finish high school would also necessitate a more ...

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Diverse learned are analyzed.

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