Offering an in-depth view of adult literacy/biliteracy by merging two fields—adult literacy and English as a Second Language—this volume brings to the forefront linguistic, demographic, sociocultural, workforce, familial, academic, and other issues surrounding the development of bilingualism and biliteracy by adults in the U.S. As such, it helps to fill a gap in the research literature on language development among adults which has traditionally placed more emphasis on the development of oral English. Most important, it brings to light issues that are integral to the success of immigrant populations in the U.S.—issues that politicians, policymakers, educators, and employers must place at the top of their agendas as immigration reform is being formulated and implemented.
Adult Biliteracy: Sociocultural and Programmatic Responses critically analyzes the assumptions that normalize monolingual and mono-literate approaches to adult education and to the teaching of English to immigrants and other language minorities in the U.S. By integrating theoretical principles with their applications, it furthers the discussion of the effects that bilingualism and biliteracy have on adult instruction. Applying research-based theoretical principles to the contexts in which adults learn, work, engage in civic participation, raise their children, and come together in community, this volume sheds light on the multiple ways in which adults use their first and second languages in the diverse sociocultural and educational contexts in which they function and learn in two languages.
Highly relevant for researchers, professionals, and students concerned with second-language education, adult education, and applied linguistics, this book will particularly interest those whose work focuses on the education of immigrant and national language minorities.

part I|2 pages

Adult Biliteracy

chapter 2|28 pages

Adult Biliteracy and Language Diversity

How Well Do National Data Inform Policy?

chapter |16 pages

Photo Essay: Literacy and Biliteracy

Expressions in Environmental Print

part II|2 pages

Adult Biliteracy in Diverse Contexts

chapter 3|22 pages

Adult Biliteracy in Community-Based Organizations

Venues of Participation, Agents of Transformation

chapter 4|18 pages

Workforce Education for Latinos

A Bilingual Approach

chapter 5|16 pages

A Crossroads

Family Education Programs

part III|2 pages

Themes, Issues, Challenges

chapter 8|22 pages

Capturing What Counts

Language and Literacy Assessments for Bilingual Adults