LINGUIST List 6.1777

Thu Dec 21 1995

Qs: Migrant Literacy Request

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  1. Peter White, Migrant Literacy request

Message 1: Migrant Literacy request

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 08:21:37 Migrant Literacy request
From: Peter White <peterwlingua.cltr.uq.OZ.AU>
Subject: Migrant Literacy request


 Feldbrunnenstr. 58
 20148 Hamburg

 Tel. (+49) (40) 44 80 41-0
 (extension: -28)
 Fax: (+49) (40) 410 77 23
 Telex: 2 164 146 uie d
 September 12, 1995

 Bibliography on Migrants' Literacy in Industrialized Countries

 Dear Member of the UNESCO/UIE Literacy Exchange Network,

 With the aim of laying the foundation for future research
activities in the area of migrant education, the UNESCO Institute for
Educati on, in cooperation with the Sprachverband Deutsch fuer
auslaendische Arbeitnehmer e.V. (Language-Tutoring Association: German
for Foreign Workers), initiated the preparation of a bibliography on
this issue a few years ago. Questionnaires were sent out to the
UNESCO/UIE Literacy Exchange Network members involved in the field of
migrant education, with the objective of benefitting from their
expertise in composing a catalog of the latest and most relevant
literature in this domain.

UIE and the Sprachverband decided to re-activate the efforts and to
update the bibliography. For this reason, we are anew requesting
members of the UNESCO/UIE Literacy Exchange Network who are
specialists in the field of migrant education for their kind

The bibliography aims at the realization of two aspects: 1) a
contribution to the exchange of experiences among researchers,
practitioners and program developers in the different (industrialized)
countries; 2) an outline of the present situation including relevant
experiences and research findings in this area. We expect that the
resulting publication will present a useful and, at the same time,
ample overview of the recent and available literature.

The long-term goal of the initiative is a contribution to the
linguistic and professional emancipation of migrant groups in the
society of the host country, and to the prevention of functional
illiteracy in the second and third generation of linguistic minorities
in industrialized countries.

In light of both UIE's and the Sprachverband's priorities, the
educational activities to be covered by the bibliography are specified
as follows: The list should contain literature on theoretical and/or
practical aspects of literacy for adult migrants in industrialized
countries. Literature which is dealing with other fields of migrants'
education (e.g. vocational training, language courses) should only be
considered if relevant passages on literacy are included in these
publications. In general, the literature should not be published prior
to 1985 (except "classics").

The bibliography will be divided into two major parts:

 A) Policy-related and background literature, teaching/learning theory

 B) Learning material, teaching/learning practice

The literature to be included in the bibliography might cover any of
the following issues:

- description and analysis of non-formal literacy programs for adult
migrants with respective teacher training and curriculum/program
- analysis of the quantity and quality of illiteracy and functional
illiteracy among migrant groups in individual countries;
- illustration of the (regional/national) state of development of
teaching and learning materials;
- outline of the teaching/learning strategies;
- provision of practical suggestions for improvement and promotion in
the future and evaluation of the current trends and central
- inquiry into specific questions pertaining to future research
activities such as: What problems are identified as the most important
ones to be examined by forthcoming research? What are the discussions?
Where are the central research issues?

We ask you to recommend any book or article you are acquainted with
and which you consider relevant in the above outlined area of migrant
education. UIE and the Sprachverband will take all your
recommendations into account and carefully examine their inclusion
into the bibliography.

For description of the literature, kindly use the attached form or
photocopies of it (please fill a separate sheet for each recommended

If possible, please enclose copies of the recommended

It goes without saying that the UNESCO/UIE Literacy Exchange Network
members who contribute to the preparation of the bibliography will be
supplied with a copy of the final publication.

Please send back your recommendation until October 15, 1995.

We are extremely grateful for your assistance and are looking forward
to be cooperating with you in the future to our mutual benefit.

Very sincerely,

Werner Mauch
Research Specialist



 To: UNESCO Institute for Education, PRG 4.69, Feldbrunnenstr.58,
20148 Hamburg, Germany

 Subj.: Bibliography on Literacy for Migrants

 I recommend the following publication for inclusion in the bibliography:



Place and Year of publication, publishing house, number of pages:

ISBN: Type of publication (book, article):

Language of publication:

Brief summary of contents:

Classification of content: (Mark x A, B or C, in case of B please specify)

A. Policy-related and background literature, teaching/learning theory

B. Learning material, teaching/learning practice

Participants (please indicate specifications on learners/"target group"
 the material is aiming at)

- age? young adults (15-25) adults (<60) seniors (>60)

- sex? women men mixed group

- country of origin? ...............................

- country of residence? ..........................

- mother tongue? ..................................

- language in which literacy competence is aimed at ...............

C. Other

 Key words:

 Examples for key words assignable to publications
 (please feel free to choose further ones)

 A. Policy-related and background literature, teaching/learning theory

 Documentation or description of theoretical reflection/analysis or

 - Type of research? (e.g. fundamental research, field analysis, case
study, statistical study, theory development, policy analysis, historical
study etc.):

 - Research methodology? (e.g. comparative analysis, empirical research,
qualitative analysis, biographical approach, etc.):

 - Type of document, report? (e.g. report of experience, conference
report, research report, project application):

 - Main topic of publication, central issue(s)? (e.g. counselling,
evaluation, methodology, method presentation, discussion of
literacy-related issues cultural, economical, political, social;
gender, language,
 discussions of methods, policy/programme structure, survival skills,
teacher training, information work, public relations, institutional
questions, material production, new media, etc.)

 B. Learning material, teaching/learning practice

 - Content/type of instruction?
 (e.g. vocational training and preparation, basic education, school
 leaving qualification, basic skill training)

 - Methodology?
 (e.g. individual learning, group learning, all-day learning,
 computer-assisted learning, motivation- strategies)

 - Literacy methodology?
 (e.g. language approach method, syllable method, morpheme-method,
 experimental/skill approach)

 - Teaching materials/media
 (e.g textbook, student developed material, computers, videos etc.):

 - Topics? (e.g. shopping, health etc.):

 - Level? (e.g. beginner, advanced learner):

 C. Other

 (e.g. directory, bibliography...)
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