ERIC Number: ED346259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Columbia/Willamette Skill Builders Consortium. Final Performance Report. Appendix 5C: English in the Workforce at Leupold & Stevens, Inc. Instructors' Reports and Curriculum Materials.
Burwell, D'Anne; And Others
An 8-week English in the Workplace course was conducted by Portland Community College (Oregon) at Leupold & Stevens, Inc. for workers with limited English proficiency (LEP). The curriculum for English as a Second Language focused on job-related support skills and not primary job skills, since job performance was not a concern. Objectives were to improve LEP workers' communication with co-workers and supervisors, lessen tension and frustration between English and non-English speakers, and increase promotional opportunities for nonnative employees. Instructors assessed prospective students individually; 17 employees were selected for the class. Supervisors provided input regarding communication difficulties with nonnative workers. The curriculum was organized around the language functions of making suggestions, asking for clarification, and reporting problems in the workplace context. Supervisors rated all students as making some improvement. Seven of eight students showed increases on the pre- and post-assessment. Students also evaluated the course and their progress. (The seven-page report is followed by these materials: sample supervisor evaluation form; project summary; sample lesson plans and materials; sample employee performance review form; English language use survey; participants' need survey and results; and sample participant evaluation form.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Communication Skills, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language), Inplant Programs, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, Manufacturing Industry, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Portland Community Coll., OR.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon