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ERIC Number: ED021516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Pages: 79
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An Effective English Program for the Technical School.
Erickson, Harold P.
On the basis of responses from (1) 133 of 379 industries in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota to which questionnaires were distributed, (2) 14 interviews with technicians in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and (3) seven technical schools which submitted copies of their 2-semester English programs, the author correlated a recommended English program with the needs of the technician in industry. Between 57.2 and 69% of the technician's time was being spent in communicative skills--originating letters (6%), writing technical articles (11%), reading technical articles (10.1%), and oral communication (30.1%)--with the balance being spent in manual or purely technical tasks. The study showed that English courses were geared toward secretaries, auditors, or accountants rather than technicians. Little attention was given to reading development, speech, oral and written technical reporting, vocabulary, composition, spelling, or parts of speech. In the proposed program, the first semester includes two weeks of instruction in the writing of business letters, four weeks in developmental reading, and 12 weeks in speech. The second includes instruction solely in the areas of oral and written technical reporting. (DG)
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