A unique ecology of language and space: exploring the learning context and adult learners' perspectives of a church-based ESL program in the Southeast

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dc.contributor Lovorn, Michael
dc.contributor Nichols, Sharon E.
dc.contributor Summers, Robert
dc.contributor Thoma, Stephen
dc.contributor.advisor Mantero, Miguel
dc.contributor.author Jiang, Qiuhui
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:34:06Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:34:06Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000982
dc.identifier.other Jiang_alatus_0004D_11146
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1469
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The researcher conducted an in-depth descriptive study of a church-based ESL program, with ecological perspectives on language learning as the theoretical framework, and an embedded single case study as the research method. The study first examined the program as a whole by focusing on the role of the Christian religion in constructing a special educational space. It then investigated the perspectives of adult immigrant and international learners concerning their learning experiences. Finally, it explored how these adult students' learning experiences have impacted their parental involvement and social participation. The findings of the study demonstrate that relational evangelism and servant evangelism function in forming a nurturing learning community in the program. The adult learners reach a consensus on the program's success in meeting their linguistic and social needs. They acknowledge that the program has played an important role in improving their communicative language skills and social adaptation. Their learning experiences in the program have helped them more actively involve themselves in community participation and their children's education. The study is an attempt to bridge the gap in the field of research about church-based ESL programs. It proposes that future research pay more attention to the special learning context of and expertise within nonformal educational institutions.
dc.format.extent 189 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Education
dc.title A unique ecology of language and space: exploring the learning context and adult learners' perspectives of a church-based ESL program in the Southeast
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction
etdms.degree.discipline Secondary Education
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.

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