ERIC Number: ED351549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Collaboration for Instruction of LEP Students in Vocational Education.
Platt, Elizabeth; And Others
A study examined the collaboration between vocational teachers and their colleagues in vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) or English as a second language (ESL) on behalf of limited English proficient (LEP) students in mainstream vocational classrooms. Visits were made to three secondary and three postsecondary sites nationwide. Data were collected through faculty questionnaires, videotaped classroom observations, and participant interviews. True instructional collaboration was found where language specialists were viewed as experts, not as support personnel. This relationship involved a one-way information exchange: the vocational instruction gave learning content to the language teacher who made it comprehensible to the students. Instructional episodes observed during site visits were illustrative of the potential of vocational instruction to LEP students. Collaboration was not a factor essential to development of effective teaching practices for LEP students in vocational education. The most essential factor to establishment of collaboration was depth and quality of exchange of information between teachers. The following components were found to be most effective in promoting effective programming for vocational LEP students: staff development, support services, curriculum development, bilingual support, and VESL support. The roles suggested for the VESL expert were leading staff development, observing in classrooms, teaching the four skills, and collaborating with vocational colleagues. (Sixty-five references and instruments are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, Educational Cooperation, English (Second Language), Interpersonal Communication, Limited English Speaking, Mainstreaming, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education, Vocational English (Second Language)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.