Summer 8-8-2016



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Laura Halldin

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Eric Lind

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Barb Verville


The research question addressed in this project was: How can obstacles to adult ELLs with low levels of English language proficiency participating in distance learning be reduced? Focus groups were conducted with Vietnamese and Somali students to examine their experiences with distance learning. Students spoke of issues of access, difficulty of navigation, and literacy level of online learning content as major frustrations. Translation of computer instruction and increased opportunities to receive computer instruction were among the suggestions students offered for improving distance learning. The student suggestions would be costly for ABE programs to fully implement. Possible avenues for future study include conducting focus groups with a larger and more heterogenous sample, or measuring the efficacy of specific distance learning interventions.

Research Methodology

Case Study, Focus Group


Adult Education, ESL/ ELLs, Technology

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