Building Basics: ESOL Toolkit for General Construction, Landscaping, Painting, and Plumbing

This resource supports the teaching of specific education and training content that can be implemented by classroom instructors in the context of a particular career cluster.

Virginia Adult Learning Center
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“Building Basics” is intended to be used with adult ESOL students in publicly-funded or community-based programs who have expressed a need and desire to learn English in the context of general construction, landscaping, painting, and plumbing.  Each curriculum contains four or five lessons.  Each of the lessons in the curriculum has its own objectives with a focus on integrating ELL and workplace competencies.  The lessons correspond to Life Skills Objectives, Equipped for the Future (EFF) Skills, and the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Skills. Lessons can be adapted to a workplace learning setting or delivered in the traditional classroom setting. Additionally, the materials are geared toward teaching students with English language proficiency levels corresponding to the three lowest National Reporting System (NRS) levels: Beginning Literacy, Low Beginning Literacy, and High Beginning Literacy. Some lessons are more complex than others; however, each lesson has activities that can be used with multiple levels of proficiency within one classroom. The Facilitator Guide provides guidance on the language difficulty for each lesson.

Benefits and Uses

The objective of this curriculum is to prepare ESOL learners who work in general construction, landscaping, painting, and plumbing, to use the appropriate vocabulary for the profession as well as gain a broader knowledge base in these four areas.  Each lesson in the curriculum integrates specific ELL and workplace competencies that will enable learners to achieve success on the job.

Resource Notice

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.