ERIC Number: ED213971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Hearings on Reauthorization of the Vocational Education Act of 1963. Part 4: Bilingual Vocational Training. Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, Ninety-Seventh Congress. First Session on H.R. 66 (October 14, 1981).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
This document is a transcript of a United States House of Representatives hearing conducted in October, 1981, regarding reauthorization of the Vocational Education Act of 1963--specifically the bilingual vocational training programs funded under subpart 3 of part B of the Act, the program which prepares persons of limited English-speaking ability to perform adequately in a work environment. The bill authorized federal funds for bilingual vocational training, bilingual vocational instructor training, and the development of instructional materials, methods, and techniques. Witnesses at the hearing testified about what has been accomplished under the bilingual vocational training program since the 1976 amendments to the Vocational Education Act and pointed out problems with implementing the program and recommendations for improving the authorizing legislation. Witnesses included Ron Hall, acting chief, policy, coordination, and services unit of the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Affirs of the United States Department of Education; Saul Sibirsky and Jill Kincaid, League of United Latin-American Citizens; and Mary Galvan, educational consultant. Witnesses testified that programs funded through the Act had had a great deal of success in reducing unemployment among program trainees who had little previous knowledge of English. It was felt that further gains could be shown if more selective recruiting procedures, screening out applicants without a sincere desire to work, could be used. Several studies were funded to compare and create training materials for future use. Witnesses further testified that the use of minority (specifically Hispanic) culture instructors greatly enhanced the success of bilingual vocational programs. They said that the funding for the programs should be continued and that strategies will be employed to make even better use of resources, based on the experience gained since the 1976 reauthorization of the Act. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Teachers, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, English (Second Language), Federal Legislation, Hearings, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Vocational Education Act 1963