This needs assessment tool is designed to assist program coordinators or interested community members in rural communities with determining the need for ESL instruction. It walks the user through the necessary steps to find out • if there is a significant number of non-English speaking immigrants in the community • if the immigrants are receptive to ESL training • what type of training is most appropriate Conducting an ESL needs assessment is more complex than other types of needs assessments because the target group does not speak English and may not be reached through the usual means of communication (i.e. radio, television and newspaper). This tool outlines methods to overcome these obstacles and provides sample questionnaires, and interview and focus group questions. It also provides suggestions regarding choosing instructors and resources when starting an ESL program in a community.
Dawn Seabrook de Vargas, Lorene Anderson
needs assessment, rural communities
Alberta Learning; Advanced Education and Technology; Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry
The Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL) is a professional organization that promotes the highest standards of teaching and English language program provision for all learners in Alberta whose first language is other than English.