Accession Number : ADA087103


Title :   An Assessment of Hispanic Recruits Who Speak English as a Second Language


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 1979-May 1980


Corporate Author : TRAINING ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION GROUP (NAVY) ORLANDO FL


Personal Author(s) : Salas, Eduardo ; Kincaid, J Peter ; Ashcroft, Nancy


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a087103.pdf


Report Date : Jun 1980


Pagination or Media Count : 40


Abstract : This study was conducted to determine the extent of the Navy's problem with recruits who speak English as a Second Language (ESL). One hundred and two Hispanic recruits were tested and interviewed at RTC Orlando to assess their proficiency in English and problems that low proficiency might be causing in recruit training. Two groups who work with Spanish-speaking recruits responded to a questionnaire. Results indicated (1) the Navy needs an ESL training program, (2) the Defense Language Institute's English Comprehension Level test should be used to screen recruits for ESL training, and (3) all recruits who speak English as a second language and who have had no prior U.S. education should be referred automatically to the ESL program. An economic analysis was also conducted. The analysis indicated that the costs which would be saved by lowered attrition would pay for the ESL program.


Descriptors :   *RECRUITS , SPEECH , PROFICIENCY , ENGLISH LANGUAGE , QUESTIONNAIRES , NAVAL TRAINING , READING , ATTRITION


Subject Categories : Humanities and History


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE