A Needs Assessment Tool For ESL Programming

The Needs Assessment Tool is designed to assist program coordinators or interested community members in rural communities with determining the need for English as a Second Language (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.