ERIC Number: ED407879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Workplace ESL Instruction: Interviews from the Field.
The report describes results of interviews with 18 workplace literacy education providers across the United States. Respondents include program directors, curriculum writers, teacher trainers, teachers, and consultants to programs serving a range of learners. An introductory section summarizes study methodology, workplace literacy program types, and issues and challenges identified. The second section describes five service provider partnership models and offers examples: (1) the workplace in partnership with an educational institution; (2) workplace-union partnership; (3) a business employing its own ESL teaching staff; (4) a private contractor offering educational services to business; and (5) a workplace offering programs in cooperation with a community-based organization. The third section discusses trends, challenges, and issues, and solutions encountered in the survey, including: securing funding; involving all partners; determining whether the program offers education or training; customizing the curriculum vs. developing generic competencies; demonstrating results; and developing a professional workforce to deliver instruction. An agenda for research is outlined in the fourth section; information needs include workplace skills and discourse, what works best in workplace education, and methods for assessing program outcomes, costs, and benefits. Contains 45 references. Several interview summaries are appended. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Cost Effectiveness, Curriculum Design, Educational Needs, Financial Support, Inplant Programs, Instructional Effectiveness, Job Skills, Language Role, Language Usage, Literacy Education, Program Design, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Programs, Teacher Education, Vocational English (Second Language), Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.; 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.; Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.