ERIC Number: ED342279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Workplace Literacy Demonstration Project.
Kissack, Tessie Saenz, Comp.; Clymer-Spradling, Carol, Ed.
A model workplace literacy program is described that was designed to upgrade the basic skills of adult workers and developed by El Paso Community College in partnership with J&J Register Company, a Texas division of Philips Industries with approximately 300 workers. Pre-assessment results indicated that about 95 percent of the workers had limited English proficiency (LEP) and almost 5 percent were not literate in their primary language of Spanish. The project had three goals: (1) to develop specific job-related curricula for the workers; (2) to form an effective public-private partnership between the college and the company; and (3) to develop an operations manual suitable for dissemination to adult educators. The curriculum was based on current English-as-a-Second-Language theory that language is best acquired through holistic development of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Instruction was developed based on a comprehensive needs assessment of the basic skills required at the worksite, including a task analysis that examined terminology, written materials, and oral communications. Classes were voluntary and limited to 80 workers who met 4 hours per week. This handbook contains information on the following topics: the Literacy Education Action program; advisory boards; recruitment and registration; assessments and placement; needs assessment and task analysis; curriculum development and methodology; evaluation; dissemination; and partnership extension. Eight appendixes provide the following items: sample agendas; a summary of answers from the first advisory board meeting; recruitment fact sheet and flyer; an LEA enrollment form; student demographic charts; sample lessons; proposal for continuation; and letters from participants to the company. Contains 6 references. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education) (LB)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Competency Based Education, Curriculum Development, Demonstration Programs, Employee Assistance Programs, English (Second Language), Functional Literacy, Holistic Approach, Job Skills, Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Second Language Learning, Student Placement, Student Recruitment, Task Analysis, Two Year Colleges, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: El Paso Community Coll., TX.