ERIC Number: ED185554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Practical English Involves the Community.
Boehme, Galen R.
A semester-long high school English course brings local professionals into the classroom to help the teacher introduce students to the language arts skills associated with the working world. The five major areas of the course are composition, career interests, income tax, insurance, and goal setting. The first content area, composition, covers specific skills related to writing various business communications, and local businesspeople respond to and evaluate the student letters. The second area, career interests, helps students assess their technical and academic interests, locate the schools in which those interests and skills can be developed, locate a job within an interest area, and interview for the job. A representative from a state employment office is a guest instructor and conducts mock interviews. The third area, income tax, presents material from the Internal Revenue Service and includes a seminar with a local bookkeeper and a question and answer session with a tax consultant. The fourth area, insurance, allows the most contact with local businesspeople in a seven-hour seminar on five major types of insurance. The last section, goal setting, uses film, cassette programs, and community individuals to stress that students can achieve their personal goals through a planned, step-by-step process. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the combined Annual Meeting of the Secondary School English Conference and the Conference on English Education (Omaha, NE, March 27-29, 1980).