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ERIC Number: ED371642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Issues in the Relationship of General and Specific Language in Workplace ESL: Some Australian Perspectives.
Wales, M. L.
A discussion of the content of workplace English programs for limited-English-speaking immigrants to Australia focuses on the proportions of general and work-specific course content in those programs. It draws, in part, on results of a 1989 study of one workplace English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) program. It is proposed that reasons for incorporating general English in such programs include: (1) the need for normal participation in workplace culture; (2) there are important linguistic relationships between general and specialized English; (3) learners may perceive a need for general English; and (4) to proceed further, learners may need to develop additional general English skills. Four specific instances of workplace ESL instruction that use a task-based approach are described briefly as illustrations of the value of combining general and job-specific language. They concern a course for hotel workers, another for employees in an industrial porcelain factory, telephone usage instruction, and interview skills for workers wishing to be promoted. It is concluded that developing skills in the general use of English, particularly through task-based activities, is necessary for limited-English-speaking workers to participate actively in the workplace, develop confidence, improve listening skills, and develop work-specific language skills. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
RELC, Singapore, 30 Orange Grove Rd., Singapore 1025, Republic of Singapore.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia