ERIC Number: ED313565
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-22
The Feasibility of Adapting Office Technology Reading Materials for Foreign-Speaking Students.
Carter, Barbara Ann
This paper investigates the economic feasibility of adapting office technology course work for students with limited English proficiency at a proprietary school. Learning guides, textbooks, computer-aided instruction, and documentation supporting the office software being taught were examined for possible adaptation. The following conclusions are reported: (1) all foreign-speaking students must be tested in English, math and reading comprehension before beginning the course; (2) instructors must spend extra time during the beginning of the course to establish a positive relationship with the students and familiarize the students with format, objectives, and procedures; (3) foreign students' learning style strengths can be used to compensate for their weaknesses; (4) supporting handouts and glossaries need to be developed; (5) the relationship of the course work to the real world needs to be emphasized and reinforced; (6) feasibility considerations include instructor labor and time costs, and benefits include increased instructor availability to all students as the foreign-speaking students become more successful and independent; and (7) the total modification costs are minimal. (The paper contains a five-item bibliography.) (CML)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Bilingual Instructional Materials, Business Education, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Problems, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency, Limited English Speaking, Media Adaptation, Office Automation, Office Occupations Education, Proprietary Schools, Teacher Developed Materials, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Course requirement research paper, Northern Virginia Community College.