ERIC Number: ED446454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-16
Ouch! Or ESL and the Glass Ceiling.
The realities of the glass ceiling, which prevents qualified women, minorities, and many English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students from advancement and promotion, are rarely discussed in English for Special Purposes (ESP)/ESL programs and courses. This paper explores the barriers to success, focusing on the sociolinguistic factors of verbal and non-verbal social and interpersonal skills. By using popular videos to dramatically illustrate these barriers, students and clients of ESP/ESL programs can understand how the glass ceiling affects them. The paper includes definitions of the various aspects of the glass ceiling and its attendant barriers, as well as the data gathered from interviews on the needs of professors in MBA and other professional programs, and the implications for program design and lesson planning on the part of ESP/ESL professionals. Details are included on how to use video and incorporate appropriate communicative skills in the classroom for the student or client to gain the necessary skills for success. The short video clips mentioned in the paper from the movies "Gung-Ho,""Nine-to-Five,""Baby Boom,""Working Girl," and "the Associate" are easily rented or purchased. Fifty-seven references and resources are included. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (Author/KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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