Soon after Platt's research was published, the state grant supporting the VESL and vocational effort at Trade Tech ran out.
In the Corpus Christi Independent School District in Texas, however, some healthy aspects of VESL and vocational collaboration still exist.
The original Corpus Christi VESL team included two ESL teachers and a Spanish-speaking bilingual family and consumer sciences teacher.
Another aspect of the program involved VESL teachers working through vocational modules with the student in another classroom.
Either the VESL teacher would go into the classroom and help the vocational teacher directly or there would be peer tutoring," Salinas explains.
He says that although the VESL program Platt observed several years ago no longer exists, it's still helpful to apply certain ESL strategies to the vocational classroom.
The orientation of a VESL program staff should include: training ESL/VESL teachers to work with vocational education and employment issues; training vocational instructors to work with LEP students; and preparing counselors and teachers to help students with job-related matters.
For a general VESL program, the staff identifies materials and recommends how these materials can be adapted to meet the language needs of LEP students.