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ERIC Number: ED524013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-19
Pages: 91
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Language Skills for the Workplace: Developing a Framework for College Delivery of Occupation-Specific Language Training in Ontario--Report for Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Colleges Ontario
Ontario is Canada's largest provincial destination for immigrants. Language barriers, lack of recognition for foreign credentials and lack of work experience in Canada prevent many from gaining employment in their field of expertise. There is an urgent and growing need for occupation-specific language training in Ontario. Immigrants cannot apply their experience, skills and knowledge without the level of language proficiency needed in the workplace, but there are not enough language training opportunities to meet their needs. Shortages of skilled workers in many sectors will increasingly hinder Ontario's economic prosperity. This report presents the results of a project undertaken by Colleges Ontario and funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to examine existing occupation-specific language training in Ontario colleges. It identifies gaps and opportunities for occupation-specific language training and provides input on guidelines for moving toward a province-wide framework for college delivery of occupation-specific language training. Appended are: (1) Framework for College Consultations; (2) Agenda for Workshop held October 3, 2007; (3) Questions for Concurrent Group Discussions; (4) Occupation-specific Language Training at Other Canadian Colleges; (5) Occupation-specific Language Training at Canadian Universities; (6) International Approaches to Occupation-specific Language Training; (7) Terms of Reference of the OSLT Working Group; (8) HRSDC Measures of Job Availability; (9) HRSDC Forecast of Occupational Shortages; (10) HRSDC Sectoral Employment Forecasts; (11) Ontario Industries Planning Increases and Decreases in Employment, 4th Qtr 2007; (12) Examples of College-developed ELT Projects; (13) Examples of College-developed Bridging Programs; (14) Examples of College-developed OSLT Continuing Education Courses; (15) Benchmarked First-Semester College Programs; (16) College-developed OSLT Curriculum by College; and (17) Digital Repository. (Contains 7 tables and 38 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colleges Ontario (Canada)
Identifiers - Location: Canada