ERIC Number: ED426210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
The Three-Year (1995-1997) Workplace Literacy Program at Chinatown Manpower Project, Inc. Final Evaluation.
Friedenberg, Joan E.
An external evaluation was conducted of the Workplace Literacy Program at Chinatown Manpower Project, Inc., which provided oral and written job-specific instruction in English as a second language to Chinese garment workers. The program was designed for underemployed garment industry workers with low English proficiency, including seamstresses, steam pressers, button-hole makers, hem operators, finishers, sample makers, markers and cutters, forepersons, and office workers. Data collection procedures consisted of face-to-face and telephone interviews with project administration and staff, class observations, face-to-face student interviews, student files, and a review of project materials. Findings indicated the following: 551 students were trained onsite during the 3-year funding period; thousands were actively involved in radio and television broadcast training, as shown by their submitting activities and exams from the accompanying materials by mail to CMP; and the program developed 100 radio broadcast lessons available on audiotapes with 2 companion booklets; 27 television broadcast lessons available on videotape with accompanying materials; 6 computer lessons with instruction booklets; curriculum guide; classroom visual aids; and assessment instruments. The project established relationships with the local Chinese community, local labor unions, and local employers. (Appendixes include instruments.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Broadcast Television, Chinese, Communication Skills, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language), Literacy Education, Material Development, Needle Trades, Partnerships in Education, Second Language Instruction, Sewing Machine Operators, Vocabulary Development, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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 performance report, see CE 077 782.