ERIC Number: ED185240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The PLESA Experience: Training and Employment Services for Persons of Limited English-Speaking Ability.
Reynolds, Jack; And Others
This report summarizes the Program for Persons of Limited English-Speaking Ability (PLESA) which involved 47 prime sponsors providing training and employment assistance to over 6,000 persons, most of whom were Hispanic or Asian. Focus is on lessons learned that will be useful for developing such programs. Chapters 1 and 2 discuss the background of the PLESA program and highlight the similarities and differences among the projects which improved their clients' English-speaking ability by providing English as a Second Language (ESL) training and in some cases offering occupational skills training and general education courses. Chapters 3-7 describe project planning and organization; client recruitment, selection, counseling, and training (English language and vocational); and job development and placement. Each chapter follows a standard format including a summary introduction pointing out key lessons learned from the PLESA experience and sections dealing with program components. Each section has three parts: a description of approaches used, discussion of issues raised, and list of recommendations. Chapter 8 presents an assessment of the program and a discussion of implications for future programs and policies. Findings reported show that participant job placement was only 39% and job retention was not high; however, it was demonstrated that there is a need; special services are required; and prime sponsors can mount effective programs. The appendixes contain annotated bibliographies of instructional ESL materials and resources. (A report containing ten project case studies is available separately. See Note.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Vocational Education, Asian Americans, Bilingual Education, Career Counseling, Delivery Systems, Employment Services, English (Second Language), General Education, Hispanic Americans, Job Development, Job Placement, Job Skills, Job Training, Limited English Speaking, Program Development, Recruitment, Second Language Instruction, Selection, Spanish Speaking, Unemployment, Unskilled Workers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Policy, Evaluation and Research.
Authoring Institution: University Research Corp., Bethesda, MD.
Identifiers: Comprehensive Employment and Training Act
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