ERIC Number: ED027537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Techniques and Materials for Teaching Vocationally Related ESOL to Youth and Adult Chinese and Spanish Trainees in the New York City Board of Education, MDTP.
Sussman, Evelyn K.
Since the 1960's, there has been a sizeable migration of Puerto Rican and other Spanish-speaking people to New York City. Many Chinese also migrated there when the Chinese quota was increased from about 100 to over 20,000 persons for 1968-69. In order to plan for effective occupationally related English teaching for these two groups, their characteristics and special needs were studied. The MPTD (Manpower Development Training Program) is a federally funded pre-vocational job training program in which trainees (unemployed and underemployed youths and adults) are recruited and processed by the United States Employment Service. The Chinese and Spanish-speaking trainees and their English-speaking classmates attend shop classes from the first instructional day. The non-English-speaking have varying language proficiencies, and are programed from the shops on the basis of vocational aptitudes. For those with little or no English comprehension, paraprofessionals, such as interpreters and instructor aides, are provided. Special Basic Education English Language Classes may range from one to five hours. The five-hour program, for example, consists of an hour each of oral English language structure, reading comprehension, language-oriented arithmetic, reading and discussion of work-related problems, and individual remediation. A discussion of some techniques which have proved effective with trainees learning English in the MDTP concludes the paper. (AMM)
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Identifiers: Manpower Development and Training Act
Note: Paper given at the third annual TESOL Convention, Chicago, March 5-8, 1969.