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ERIC Number: ED317737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Language by Demand: A Case for Vocational English in Second Language Teaching.
Tito, Maureen
Vocational English Second Language (VESL) programs have traditionally given immigrant, migrant, and refugee language learners access to employment. VESL programs provide not only the language input needed for learning specific job tasks but also address the sociocultural skills of language needed to negotiate in today's workplace. The demand for more specialized programs in the workplace has opened a new direction for VESL in this decade. VESL programs have been successful in providing functional language experiences in the classrooms or in training centers. Presently, there is a need to move beyond the training center and into the work site where functional language related to specific job tasks can be taught in the context of, rather than alongside, company training programs. VESL programs that work must consider four basic principles: (1) they must be employee centered; (2) they must include continued instruction in all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening); (3) they must integrate language use and company training concepts; and (4) they must be cost effective. VESL programs that work are dynamic. They must be flexible to meet the needs of each group of workers, and they can produce workers capable of meeting the demands of the English language on the job. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A