ERIC Number: ED367190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Workplace ESL Instruction: Varieties and Constraints. ERIC Digest.
McGroarty, Mary; Scott, Suzanne
Changes in the U.S. economy are altering employment patterns, and these changes have implications for workers whose language is other than English. This digest summarizes the existing types of programs that prepare English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) adults for the workplace or help workers whose first language is other than English who are already on the job. First, the meanings of "workplace language instruction" are discussed (pre-workplace classes, "work-centered" approaches, "worker-centered" approaches.) Next, current perspectives on workplace learning are highlighted. The final section of the digest looks at constraints on ESL workplace program development, focusing on needs assessment, assessment measures, participant attitudes and expectations, enrollment management, language choice, financial and organizational support, building coalitions, and decentralization. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education) (VWL)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, English (Second Language), Evaluation Methods, Financial Support, Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Second Language Instruction, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Workplace Literacy
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.; National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.