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Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways: Companion Learning Resource

This Companion Learning resource, Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways, provides teachers and administrators with instructional tools, strategies, and resources that support career-focused, contextualized English language acquisition instruction.
Author(s): 
Jayme Adelson-Goldstein
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
Lighthearted Learning
American Institutes for Research
Pennsylvania State University
Published: 
2016
Resource Type: 
Product
Number of Pages: 
32
Product Type: 
Skill Level: 
NRS EFL 1--ESL Literacy
NRS EFL 2--ESL Low Beginning ESL
NRS EFL 3--ESL High Beginning ESL
NRS EFL 4--ESL Low Intermediate ESL
NRS EFL 5--ESL High Intermediate ESL
NRS EFL 6--Advanced ESL Literacy
Abstract: 

This Companion Learning Resource provides an update to several seminal resources from the adult English language learner (ELL) resource collection.  It also extends and expands upon these resources by offering many practical ideas and concrete classroom examples that practitioners can use and adapt in order to better integrate language development and career and postsecondary preparation in adult ELA classes.  

Highlights of key concepts and practical strategies include:  

  • How to prepare adult learners effectively for career training and postsecondary education, including related language demands
  • Effective instructional models of integrating career training with academic instruction 
  • Key concepts in integrating academic skill development across many ELL levels to assist with learners’ transitions to postsecondary education, in preparation for work

Although this Companion Learning Resource can be used as a stand-alone document, it also complements the other resources in the suite of materials, “Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways.”  Other resources in this suite are the Issue Brief, and the Professional Development Modules. 

Benefits and Uses: 

This practice-oriented resource examines language demands of the workforce, postsecondary transitions for adult ELLs, and effective preparation of adult learners for career training and postsecondary education. It illustrates effective instructional models for integrating career training with academic instruction and demonstrates key concepts in integrating academic skill development across many ELL levels to assist with learners’ transitions to postsecondary education, in preparation for work. Concrete classroom examples come from across a range of levels and teaching contexts. 

Formatted as a digital magazine, this clickable PDF contains embedded resources and links to websites that encourage users to delve deeply into the areas of greatest relevance. Through the resource, practitioners are able to link to concrete examples taken from each of the seminal resources and, where relevant, additional examples drawn from other relevant contexts (e.g., K–12 education).

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