ERIC Number: ED425662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
SCANS: The Missing Link.
Three specific classroom techniques for teaching vocational English as a Second Language to adults are discussed. They are three items on the SCANS (Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills) list of "easy things" to do to integrate workplace basics into the classroom, designed to encourage a student-focused classroom. They include: (1) starting each class with an agenda on the board, to communicate what is scheduled for the class session and allow for discussion or negotiation of expectations; (2) putting students in teams and assigning teams classroom maintenance jobs, to promote student involvement and help develop interpersonal skills; and (3) concluding every lesson by calling attention to the relevance of the lesson and the classroom activities to student lives, to focus student attention on what has been learned. Some specific procedures are suggested. The complete list of ten "easy things," a sample classroom schedule, and some classroom questions for the discussion of lesson relevance are appended. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Class Activities, Classroom Communication, Classroom Techniques, Educational Objectives, Relevance (Education), Second Language Instruction, Student Participation, Vocational English (Second Language)
Spring Institute for International Studies, 1610 Emerson Street, Denver, CO 80218; Web site: http://www.springinstitute.com
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Refugee Resettlement (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Spring Inst. for International Studies, Denver, CO.