ERIC Number: ED409748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Employment Skills into Adult ESL Instruction. ERIC/PAIE Q & A.
Grognet, Allene Guss
This "Q & A" discusses how employment preparation can be integrated into English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) curriculum, whether in a workplace or standard adult ESL program. It first chronicles the historical link, since federal legislation in 1964, between employment and adult education and the relationship between employment and ESL instruction with the large influx of immigrants since the 1970s. The distinction between workforce and workplace instruction is discussed, noting trends in this area since the 1970s. Research on both linguistic skills and other workplace skills needed in the workplace is reviewed briefly, and five areas of workplace competency identified in a major federal report by the Secretary of Labor's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) are detailed: resource management; information management; social interaction; systems behavior and performance skills; and technology utilization. Ways in which ESL practitioners can teach the SCANS skills are discussed briefly, and other ways in which they can advance workplace ESL instruction are noted. Contains 33 references. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Educational Needs, Employment Patterns, English (Second Language), Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Language Proficiency, Language Role, Language Usage, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, On the Job Training, Second Language Instruction, Vocational Education, Vocational English (Second Language), Work Environment
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: 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.