ERIC Number: ED330221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: N/A
Developing VESL Materials for the Job-Site.
A workshop is described that trains teachers of vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) how to identify the language needs of and develop lessons for a particular job or job site. The workshop, one of a series of four designed to improve the skills of refugee service provider staff, was offered twice in 1982 and 1983. Activities included presentations on the functional approach to English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction and the process for language gathering, visits to a variety of companies, and hands-on VESL lesson writing. The report outlines the workshop agenda and objectives, presents an article on workers' language needs and the summary of employer responses to a Utah VESL program, gives an overview of the entire process of VESL material development, suggests procedures for visiting the job site, offers resources to assist in the process of identifying the roles and communication functions relating to the job site in question, and presents lessons developed by workshop participants. Work contexts for the sample lessons include an assembly factory, a bank, a hotel, a machine tool and welding factory, and food services. Lessons address a variety of different jobs within those contexts. A brief list of resources is appended. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Refugee Resettlement (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Educational Cooperative, Arlington Heights, IL.