ERIC Number: ED194784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Work Orientation Program for Foreign Born/Cultured Adults. Program Handbook.
City Univ. of New York, Jamaica, NY. York Coll.
A program was established to equip foreign adults with the necessary information, attitudes, and skills to survive in the urban world of work. Staff from the City College of New York worked in the Queens area of New York City to develop a program which included English as a second language (ESL) classes, world of work seminars, and employment-related counseling. The program provided three ten-week, forty-hour cycles of ESL instruction: (1) seminars on such topics as career choice and decision making, job search techniques, how to obtain licenses and foreign educational credentials, and the basics of self-employment; and (2) such supplementary activities as citizenship courses, tutoring, and translation and resume preparation services. Students, staff, and community advisors considered the program successful. Of 441 first year participants, 398 completed the program, 17 were referred for job placement, 85 were referred for further education, and 11 upgraded their jobs. Problems relating to staffing, overcrowding, and waiting lists developed because of lack of funds. Recommendations included increasing ESL instructional hours, offering specialized courses in other supportive areas, and providing social gatherings to enable students to practice English outside the classroom. (Description of the program is organized in such a way as to be useful as a handbook for developing similar activities. A final section contains program forms and evaluation instruments.) (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Jamaica, NY. York Coll.
Identifiers: Foreign Born; New York (Queens)