ERIC Number: ED234175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
A Program to Provide Vocational Training to Limited English Speaking Adults in a Correctional Setting. Final Report.
The Windham School System implemented a pilot project designed to provide bilingual vocational training to limited English-speaking adults in a correctional setting. Inmate students enrolled in Windham bilingual academic classes on the Eastham Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections were interviewed, and procedures for student screening and subsequent placement into existing vocational classes were developed and implemented. A vocational academic teacher was hired to provide 6 hours of language training each week as a supplement to their 30 hours of weekly vocational training. Coordination was effected between the vocational trades instructors and the vocational academic teacher to incorporate vocational terminology into the language training class. Relevant vocational materials in Spanish were provided as supplements to the vocational trades curriculum. Ten limited English-speaking adult inmate students were placed into five vocational trades classes. They reported no dissatisfaction with their vocational placement. Their functional reading levels in English consistently improved, but reading deficiency was continually cited as the major impediment to learning in the vocational classroom. Acquisition of trade skills progressed satisfactorily. Program expansion would require increased roles of the administrators and instructors. (Appendixes include descriptions of screening tests and vocational materials translated into Spanish for the project.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Dept. of Occupational Education and Technology.
Authoring Institution: Texas State Dept. of Corrections, Huntsville. Windham School District.