ERIC Number: ED416310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Vocational Bilingual Training Model for Office Specialist.
A 16-week office specialist certificate program was developed for Spanish-speaking adults who have the ability and desire to obtain an entry-level office administration position but who have limited English proficiency and basic occupational skills. The program, which is based on the vocational bilingual training model, takes advantage of the native language skills students bring with them to the program and builds on those skills while developing their English language and vocational skills. The program model includes four basic courses: office administration, keyboarding, key calculator math, and bilingual business writing. Each course includes 80 hours of instruction to be delivered over 5 days per week. The course was developed based on input from an advisory board and the results of a needs assessment distributed to employment agencies, bilingual translation services, and corporate human services personnel. All courses use computer-aided instruction, incorporate Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills skills and competencies, and are taught in a self-paced learning center through a combination of instructor-directed lessons and student-selected work. The program's effectiveness is currently being determined through a formative evaluation and will eventually be assessed through a summative evaluation. (Contains 14 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Advisory Committees, Bilingual Education, Competency Based Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Objectives, Entry Workers, Hispanic Americans, Individualized Instruction, Limited English Speaking, Models, Office Management, Office Occupations Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Spanish Speaking, Student Evaluation, Vocational English (Second Language)
Thirty-three selected papers from this conference are available on the "Literacy Online" Web site: http://www.literacyonline.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Conference on Literacy (Philadelphia, PA, March 1996). For other papers from this conference, see CE 075 168, 171, 173, 180, 183, and CS 012 996, CS 013 000, 002.