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Problem-Posing at Work: English for Action


Elsa Auerbach and Nina Wallerstein


Grass Roots Press







Grass Roots Press PO Box 52192 Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2T5 Canada





From the Literacy Services website: "This student book contains 30 lessons that focus on workplace themes and issues related to the working lives of immigrants and refugees. Inspired by the problem-posing approach of Paulo Freire, this book invites learners to share and analyze their experiences, to acquire the language, skills, and information necessary for greater power over their circumstances, and to strategize together for changes. Originally published in 1987 as ESL for Action, this revised edition is updated to incorporate a focus on the effects of globalization on workers' lives while its scope is expanded to include information about Canada as well as the U.S. It includes authentic photos and stories of workers active in their workplaces and communities. The text is intended for intermediate to advanced ESL students in workplace, pre-vocational, vocational, community-based, union, and labour education programs." The workbook is divided into nine chapters or "units." They are: Unit I: Learning English Unit II: Working In A New Country Unit III: Power at Work Unit IV: Making Money Unit V: Getting Through the Day Unit VI: Health and Safety Unit VII: Moving Toward Equality Unit VIII: Unions Unit XI: The Big Picture This is followed by appendixes and a teaching guide. There are twelve appendixes, supplying everything from "a guide to problem-posing" to "interview guidelines" to "documenting workplace problems." The ten-page teaching guide at the end briefly illuminates key factors in facilitating the educational problem-posing process, however, a companion teachers guide is now available as a separate book, titled "Problem-Posing at Work: Popular Educators Guide."




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