ERIC Number: ED385177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum Guide, English as a Second Language for the Workplace, Worker Education Program.
Northeastern Illinois Univ., Chicago. Chicago Teachers' Center.; Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Chicago, IL.
This guide describes a worker-centered, holistic, English-language training program for the textile industry in Illinois, now in its fifth funding cycle. The program, which provides training to approximately 500 workers, requires cooperation among business, labor unions, and educational organizations. A 5-unit curriculum covers work issues, health and safety, quality control, work forms, and company rules. Students are encouraged to contribute ideas and materials as well. The program focuses on limited-English-proficient adults, primarily Spanish-speaking, with an average 6 years of formal education. Training focuses on workplace skills, but some personal literacy skills are incorporated into the classes to assist with cultural and lifestyle adaptation. Additional benefits to encourage participation include partial transportation stipends and on-site child care services. A critical part of the program is that workers' individual life and workplace needs become their course of study. Staffing includes a director, program coordinator, training coordinator, eight educational facilitators, and three teachers aides. Program guidelines, lesson plans, and industry-specific vocabulary lists are included. (Contains 38 references.) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (NAV)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northeastern Illinois Univ., Chicago. Chicago Teachers' Center.; Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Chicago, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois