ERIC Number: ED440252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Limited English Proficient Persons for the Workplace. ERIC Digest No. 215.
Wonacott, Michael E.
This digest describes cultural considerations and effective approaches for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals' workforce development, including the impact of recent training legislation. LEP persons often come from both a different language background and a very different cultural background; so English-language instruction must provide cultural and linguistic orientation. Four specific cultural factors may influence learner and teacher in the classroom: roles of learners and teachers; gender-related issues; appropriate topics for instruction; and appropriate behavior at school. One set of instructional approaches is used to provide English-language instruction: English as a second language (ESL), vocational ESL, and workplace literacy programs. Approaches to content-area instruction are bilingual/bicultural education, multilingual/multicultural approaches,"sheltered" content instruction, immersion, and submersion. Changes under the 1998 Perkins Act are provisions balancing greater state flexibility in administering, allocating federal funds with greater accountability for results, and allowing state and local agencies and programs increased flexibility. Given the Workforce Investment Act's (WIA's) recognition of the need for basic literacy, recurring aspects of the WIA system could be of benefit to LEP individuals, including Core Services and Training Services. (Contains 16 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Bilingual Education, English (Second Language), Federal Legislation, Immersion Programs, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, Multicultural Education, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Vocational Education, Vocational English (Second Language), Workplace Literacy
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act 1998; Workforce Investment Act 1998