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ERIC Number: ED352856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Classroom Goes to Work.
Stonehocker, C. E.; Cloe, Jean
Through a partnership between Detroit Diesel Remanufacturing West, a business, the Asian Association of Utah, a community-based organization, and the Utah State Office of Education, this workplace literacy project taught literacy skills to 35 adults with limited English proficiency. The workers spoke Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian. The project used student contracts, bilingual assistants, and instructional staff from the Asian Association of Utah. Students received straight-time pay during the classes, which were held at the worksite. Instructors met regularly with supervisors. The curriculum was directly related to job requirements and included such topics as safety, vacation policies, and company-wide memos. Pre- and post-assessment of English oral and literacy skills were done with the Basic English Skills Test (BEST). The project improved the productivity of the workforce by providing the target population with improved adult literacy and other basic skills services. It upgraded and updated basic skills of adult workers in accordance with changes in workplace requirements, technology, products and processes, and by improving the competency of adult workers in speaking, listening, reasoning, and problem solving. In addition, the workers came to a better understanding of many social and cultural aspects of the workplace environment, which resulted in improved job performance and decreased social isolation. Class materials and student progress forms are appended. (Contains 10 references.) (LB) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Asian Association of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Identifiers - Location: Utah