ERIC Number: ED384263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-13
Meeting the Needs of Low-Literate JOBS Recipients in the HRA/CUNY BEGIN Language Program.
Gillespie, Marilyn K.
This study investigated the needs of low-literate students participating in a Human Resources Administration/City University of New York (HRA/CUNY) program offering English-as-a-Second-Language and employment-related training to low-income Hispanic women receiving welfare. It identified participants in need of literacy instruction based on grade level completed, examined the impact of literacy level on participants' ability to achieve program goals of further job training or employment, and determined factors facilitating or constraining low-literate participants' ability to succeed in the program. Eight recommendations resulted: (1) more effective collection and reporting of basic demographic data; (2) development of a program-wide process for assessing basic literacy skills; (3) placement of low-literate learners in separate classes with specialized curricula; (4) six months of intensive language, literacy, and pre-employment training to meet stated program goals; (5) provision of literacy instruction in either Spanish or English, but with counseling in Spanish (when instruction is in English) and some oral/aural instruction in English (when instruction is in Spanish); (6) continued strong investment in staff development; (7) continued investigation of the immediate relevance of unpaid work experience for improved employment potential; and (8) exploration of ways to provide access to job training through less stringent language requirements. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Educational Needs, Employment Potential, English (Second Language), Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Second Language Programs, Spanish Speaking, Student Needs, Vocational Education, Vocational English (Second Language), Welfare Recipients, Womens Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: City Univ. of New York, NY. Office of Academic Affairs.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.