Workplace English: From Literature Classics to Workplace Literacy page 2
Statistics collected in the National Educational Longitudinal Study: 1998-94U (1996) on 1994 high school graduates revealed:
43.1% attended a four-year college or university.
22.4% attended a junior college.
6.9% went to a technical or vocational school.
100% entered (or planned to) enter the work force.
One of the primary goals of secondary education in America is to prepare students for a successful career and, at the same time, to enhance the work force by preparing competent employees. To accomplish this goal, educators must integrate workplace literacy into the curriculum so all graduates can compete successfully in the workplace in the 21st century. But the task of preparing a competent, educated workforce does not end with students in the secondary school setting. It must continue on with adult students in GED, workplace, and other adult literacy settings. In this article, we explain how workplace literacy can be integrated into literature instruction to enhance both literature study and competence in workplace literacy for high school or adult students.
Response Box 1: If your workplace learners were High School students or plan to go to technical school, what are some of the things you would want us to know about them?