ERIC Number: ED364123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-15
Reference Count: N/A
The English Challenge. Final Report.
Northern Virginia Community Coll., Alexandria.; BOAT/U.S., Alexandria, VA.
A federally-funded cooperative program of in-plant English language instruction for industry workers is reported. Partners in the program were Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria) and BOAT/U.S., a national business providing goods and services to the boating public. This 60-week workplace literacy program was divided into five 12-week sessions. The first four sessions consisted of English language classes at several proficiency levels. The fifth session offered three electives: business writing for non-native speakers of English, telephone skills, and basic English skills for native speakers. Classes served a total of 57 employees. Program background, design, goals, and achievement are discussed. It is concluded that students enrolled in the program made significant progress. The business plans to pursue employee education by continuing a program of workplace literacy courses and offering tuition assistance to employees attending the college. Appended materials include the texts of final reports from the counselor, evaluation team, and training manager, lists of skills to be covered, and a sample final exam at the advanced level. Additional attachments include a working calendar of the program, supervisor evaluation form, graduation and dinner program, program newsletter, and the script of a commercial for the business. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Basic Skills, Business Communication, Community Colleges, Higher Education, Inplant Programs, Language Skills, Literacy Education, Navigation, Program Descriptions, Sailing, School Business Relationship, Telephone Usage Instruction, Vocational English (Second Language), Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northern Virginia Community Coll., Alexandria.; BOAT/U.S., Alexandria, VA.