Summer 8-5-2016



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Ann Mabbott

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Celia Martin Mejia

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Deidre King


The purpose of this study is to examine the English language learning needs of Latino adults in a rural suburb of a large metropolitan area in the Midwest United States. Participants in the research are primarily of Mexican heritage, ranging in age from 20 to 62. The target population for this study is Latino adults associated with a local church outreach program who are not currently attending ESL classes. Barriers to attending existing ESL classes are identified and hypothetical scenarios for community-based, family-oriented programs are investigated. Data were collected primarily from personal interviews with seven Latino adults who act as advocates for Latino families in this city. A group discussion and a small number of written questionnaires were also completed. Obstacles to attending existing ESL classes are lack of transportation and childcare, scheduling issues, family responsibilities, and dissatisfaction with ESL classes previously attended. Respondents feel most Latino adults in their community desire to increase English language proficiency and would respond positively to ESL programs designed to provide instruction for adults and school-age children while younger children are cared for, all at the same time and location. Previous studies done with churchbased ESL programs were examined to inform future design of an ESL program sponsored by a local church.

Research Methodology

Ethnography, Field Study, Focus Group, Interview


Adult Education, Community Building, ESL/ ELLs, Multicultural Education

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