ERIC Number: ED391104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
The Vocational and Language Development of Limited English Proficient Adults. Information Series No. 363.
Friedenberg, Joan E.
This critical review of the literature examines the characteristics and needs of limited English proficient (LEP) adults and the programs and services typically available to them. The complexities of the LEP population are explored first, including differences in education, English proficiency, labor market experience, and economic status. Availability of programs and services for LEP adults in both the public and private sectors is described. Private sector initiatives in business and industry and community-based organizations are discussed. The vocational instructional delivery system for LEP persons includes several approaches: bilingual education, "sheltered" content instruction, and multilingual/multicultural methods. To increase awareness of the issues involved, the paper discusses how people acquire a second language and what methods are most beneficial in aiding second language development. The monograph concludes by decrying the lack of reliable information about the LEP population and the bias against instruction in the native language. Recommendations for improving access to programs and services encompass a number of areas: enforcement of civil rights legislation, more support for bilingual/multilingual instruction, improvement in the research base, more training for service providers, and collaboration among organizations. The paper contains 60 references and a glossary. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Bilingual Education, Immigrants, Language Acquisition, Limited English Speaking, Private Sector, Public Sector, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Vocational Education, Vocational English (Second Language)
Center on Education and Training for Employment, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (order no. IN 363, $8).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.