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The percentage of foreign-born workers in the United States labor force is growing at the same time that workplace literacy demands are increasing. Some employers respond by sponsoring workplace ESL instruction. The social practices theory of literacy considers the relational nature of language learning and use. Examining social practices within workplaces may help identify and address barriers to successful workplace ESL programs. This study sought the perspectives of supervisors in medical manufacturing companies regarding workplace ESL courses and the dynamics of workplace culture that affect participation in those courses. Two supervisors were interviewed and completed an attitudinal study. The results suggest that supervisors who have input into the design and implementation of ESL programs may have a positive, supportive attitude toward the courses in their company. Further study is needed, so that a broader spectrum of attitudes workplace stakeholders may be understood by workplace educators.
Lund, Laura, "Supervisor perceptions of workplace ESL instruction" (2008). School of Education Student Capstones and Dissertations. 369.