Accession Number : ADA118875

Title :   Field Test of the Verbal Skills Curriculum.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

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

Personal Author(s) : Kincaid, J Peter ; Swope, William M ; Brown, Cheryl J ; Pereyra, Betty ; Thompson, Janet

PDF Url : ADA118875

Report Date : Aug 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : A Verbal Skills Curriculum program, designed for recruits with deficiencies in English language listening and speaking, was field-tested at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Florida. Forty-five recruits, mainly natives of Puerto Rico, completed the 15-day course prior to regular recruit training. Attrition rate was significantly lower for recruits participating in the program than for a control group. English listening and speaking skills were particularly improved. An economic analysis showed that these gains were achieved only with significant increases in costs associated with each participant completing recruit training. In addition to the costs and benefits mentioned above, equal employment opportunity (EEO) objectives and potential recruiting shortfalls must also be considered when making a decision as to whether or not to implement the course as a regular Navy program. (Author)

Descriptors :   *NAVAL TRAINING, *ENGLISH LANGUAGE, *RECRUITS, TEACHING METHODS, HEARING, SPEECH, GRAMMARS, VOCABULARY, READING, COMPREHENSION, SKILLS, HISPANICS, NAVAL PERSONNEL, TEST METHODS, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), COST ANALYSIS

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE