The Language of Opportunity: Expanding Employment Prospects for Adults with Limited English Skills

Publication Date: August 2003

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Julie Strawn; Hitomi Kubo; Karin Martinson; Elise Richer; Heidi Spruck Wrigley

Research Area: Culture and religion; Education; Labor

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This report describes the demographics and economic circumstances of low-income adults with limited English proficiency (LEP) as well as the language and job training services available to them. The authors summarize lessons from scientific evaluation research on employment programs for low-skilled adults and provide recommendations for policy and practice that would increase opportunities for LEP adults to gain access to higher-paying jobs. The appendix includes profiles of several programs that are successfully training and working with LEP adults.

Supplementary files include a policy brief and a press release.