ERIC Number: ED224333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Cost/Benefit Evaluation of Three English Language Training Programs for Potential Navy Use.
Swope, William M.; And Others
As part of its plans to recruit Hispanic personnel who speak English as a second language, the U.S. Navy will have to provide English language training as well as technical training to prepare these personnel for fleet duty. A cost/benefit analysis was conducted of three English language training programs: the English Technical Language School (ETLS) operated by the Puerto Rico National Guard, the Defense Language Institute (DLI) English Language Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and the Navy Verbal Skills Curriculum (VSC) implemented at the Recruit Training Command in Orlando, Florida. Program descriptions, test scores of recruits participating in each program, and cost data are presented. In addition, 14 alternative training tracks utilizing combinations of the three programs are discussed. In considering the feasibility of these tracks, five non-cost factors must be considered: program length, capacity, location, flexibility, and Navy participation. The three programs were found to be similar in both effectiveness and cost. The ETLS program is best suited for recruits with a moderate level of English skills, while the DLI program can handle recruits with a wider variety of skill levels. The VSC program has a limited capacity but is under Navy control. Recommendations are made regarding testing and placement of Hispanic recruits in English training programs. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Naval Training Analysis and Evaluation Group, Orlando, FL.