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A case study of ESL students in a training program for resident care aides : towards a language-enhanced curriculum Modrow, Sarah R. N.


In this study the researcher sought to understand the language skills required by English as a Second Language students in a Resident Care Attendant (RCA) Program in order to discover a language basis on which the RCA curriculum might be further developed. In order to discover the language being used to learn the RCA course content, a combination of research methods applicable to studying second language classrooms was adopted: classroom observation and interviewing both faculty and students. This naturalistic, qualitative case study also used methods from the field of ethnography in order to analyze the data. Using methodology of grounded theory resulted in the emergence of categories that very closely resembled language functions used across curricula. Further analysis also indicated a number of learner strategies and social contexts that impacted upon the language learner. Finally, recommendations for future research and curriculum building and teaching were made.

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