ERIC Number: ED424445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec-30
Reference Count: N/A
Network Analysis of Spanish/English Communication at Newood Products. Evaluation Report.
Newood Products was one of the business partners involved in the Workplace Training Project, during which Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, and area businesses jointly developed worksite-specific, competency-based training in employer- and worker-identified basic skills. Over a 2-year period, second language courses in both Spanish and English were developed to improve work-related communication between Newood employees--especially those who primarily spoke Spanish with others. Network analysis was used to compare workers' communication patterns before and after the language classes. The network of people involved in the two language training courses did not grow. In the case of the network of all Newood employees, frequency of communication among the network increased but the network's overall size remained virtually unchanged. The network's core (four to six people who spoke Spanish as their primary language) remained largely unchanged. Seven new members were added to the final network. After 18 months, 50% of Newood employees reported occasionally communicating about work partially in Spanish, and about 12% used Spanish frequently during the workday. The language classes appeared to bring more people into the network (at least temporarily) and to increase the frequency of communicating using at least partial Spanish. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Communication Skills, Community Colleges, Competency Based Education, Language Skills, Literacy Education, Network Analysis, Outcomes of Education, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, Second Language Learning, Skill Development, Spanish Speaking, Two Year Colleges, Vocational English (Second Language), Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Lane Community Coll., Eugene, OR.