ERIC Number: ED248716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul-13
Reference Count: 0
Language Experience in the Workplace.
A program placing 115 full-time students of English as a second language in a Canadian community college into job situations as part of a survival English course during 1982-83 was undertaken. The purpose was to give students an opportunity to: explore jobs and learn related terminology, inquire about what is required to become established in a field, learn about employment and customs in the region, practice English in daily usage, evaluate their skills and knowledge, have others become acquainted with them and with their skills, and generally gain confidence for the eventual job search. Students were chosen on the basis of their interest and readiness and the potential benefit to both student and employer. Jobs similar to, or using skills related to, previous employment were sought. Students came from 20 countries, the majority from Vietnam and Poland. Matching student and job involved assessing the student's level of self-confidence, knowledge and experience, the job's location, and urgency of employment need. It was found that the program provided opportunities in the classroom to enhance English skill development before, during, and after the workplace experience. In addition, at least 20 students got full- or part-time employment as a direct or indirect result of the program. Both students and businesses felt they benefitted. Problems included student resentment at not being paid and disappointment at not working at the level or in the field of their training or experience. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Regina Plains Community College SK
Note: Revised version of paper presented at the Summer Meeting of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Corvallis, OR, July 13, 1984).