ERIC Number: ED426209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
National Workplace Literacy Program (NWLP) at Chinatown Manpower Project, Inc. Final Performance Report.
Tse, Ivy Au
The Chinatown Manpower Project continued as the education partner in a Workplace Literacy Program (WLP) for the Chinese garment workers in New York City. Local 23-25, Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, was the union partner; the Greater Blouse, Skirt & Undergarment Association, Inc., and the Continental Garment Manufacturers Association of Greater New York were the industry partners. From July 1996-December 1997, the program completed three 18-week training cycles, each composed of 50 hours of instruction in garment-related English and English as a second language (ESL). The instruction was designed to do the following: upgrade the literacy level of Chinese garment workers; improve their English communication skills in their daily lives and at the workplace; improve their understanding of their work, rights, and benefits; provide academic and vocational counseling services and referrals; and enhance job productivity and job opportunities. SinoVision, a Chinese television station and production company, produced and broadcast a series of 27 bilingual garment-related lessons to serve workers at their homes within and outside the New York metropolitan area. Program accomplishments included the following: continued validation and refinement of the existing WLP curriculum; provided ESL/job-related English classes to 191 workers; and provided basic skills/job-specific English classes to upgrade skills of 194 workers; and retained 85 percent of graduates. (Appendixes contain publicity materials; lesson plan; pretest; evaluation instruments; and correspondence.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Broadcast Television, Career Counseling, Chinese, Communication Skills, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language), Literacy Education, Needle Trades, Partnerships in Education, Productivity, Second Language Instruction, Sewing Machine Operators, Vocabulary Development, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Chinatown Manpower Project, Inc., New York, NY.
Note: For the "Garment-Related Bilingual T.V. Broadcast Lessons", see CE 077 693-694. For the final evaluation report, see CE 077 783.