ERIC Number: ED155938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
ESL on the Job. The Jantzen Experience. TEAL Occasional Papers, Vol. 1, 1977.
A pilot course was begun to provide English language training for non-native speakers of English who needed to develop language skills for their work in the garment industry. One advantage to this kind of language learning situation is that the environment provides ready materials, situations, subjects, and practical learning activities. The curriculum must be designed to fit the working environment, and the behavioral objectives established for the course must reflect the workers' needs. It was determined that workers should be able to: (1) communicate effectively with other workers and supervisors; (2) identify and carry out daily work responsibilities; (3) identify parts of the sewing machine and describe their function; and (4) participate in informal social conversations. Learning activities thus centered around giving and receiving instructions, explanations of the industry's operations, practice filling out forms, problem solving, and discussion of workers' actual experience during work hours. (AM)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Adult Vocational Education, Communication Skills, Communicative Competence (Languages), Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, English for Special Purposes, English (Second Language), Fashion Industry, Immigrants, Job Skills, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Learning Activities, On the Job Training, Pilot Projects, Second Language Learning, Semiskilled Workers, Sewing Machine Operators, Speech Communication, Teaching Methods, Verbal Communication
Maureen C. Sawkins, British Columbia Association of TEAL, c/o King Edward Campus, V.C.C., 2750 Oak St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ($2.50 Canadian plus $.50 postage)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Association of Teachers of English as an Additional Language, Vancouver.