ERIC Number: ED213983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Horizon: An Overview of Vocational Education and Employment Training Services for Limited-English Proficient Persons in California.
Rezabek, Dale J.; And Others
The limited-English proficient (LEP) population in California is growing, as a result of birth rate and immigration patterns; the minorities with the most limited-English proficient persons--Hispanics and Asians--are growing the most rapidly. Groups with the greatest number of LEP persons typically fall behind the English-speaking majority in terms of functional competencies, educational performance, and economic independence. Nationwide research and evaluation results indicate that LEP persons' access to and performance in vocational training and the job market can be improved through educational programs. The research suggests a four-point approach: (1) language and cultural barriers must be dealt with in vocational training programs; both bilingual method and all-English instruction can be used to cope effectively with the special needs of LEP persons; (2) language and occupational instruction should be linked with vocational English as a second language (ESL), not general ESL, used as a language methodology; (3) complete delivery systems of instruction, program support, and administrative support should be developed; and (4) linkages of public and private resources as well as coordinated planning and implementation of programs should be developed. Recommendations are made to increase awareness, priority, and coordination in vocational training for LEP persons. These recommendations include forming a citizen task force, forming a multi-agency task force, designating specialized staffing for LEP-related activities, and merging service capacities of vocational education and language training programs. (The report contains complete analyses of 14 programs serving the LEP population in California and lists of funding sources, eligible program deliverers, and fundable activities.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Asian Americans, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, English (Second Language), Financial Support, Hispanic Americans, Job Training, Literacy Education, Minority Groups, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Second Language Instruction, Vocational Education
California State Department of General Services, P.O. Box 1015, North Highlands, CA 95660 ($7.10).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Advisory Council on Vocational Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California