Expanding the Use of Online Resources in IELCE Activities to Support Immigrant Integration and Inclusion

This guide offers considerations for using online resources for distance, hybrid, or in-person learning environments to help strengthen instruction for English learners.

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RTI International
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Adult education instructors are increasingly turning to online resources and strategies to enhance their curricula. Using online instructional resources for Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) activities can help increase flexibility in instructional delivery, support learners in strengthening digital literacy skills, and connect to immigrant integration and inclusion outcomes/goals. This guide emphasizes the connections between IELCE instruction and immigrant integration and inclusion, both of which support larger goals of providing skills and knowledge-building opportunities to help immigrants be successful in the United States. Instructors can consider how online resources might complement or expand existing activities within the overall scope of the IELCE program. 

The following actions can help instructors integrate online materials into IELCE instruction: 

1) Use resources approved by state distance learning policies. 

2) Determine areas of alignment between the resource’s content and state instructional standards or competencies. 

3) Prepare to use the resource by identifying the appropriate delivery model, ensuring access to technology and support for digital literacy, building the resource into the course content and schedule, and making connections to immigrant services and resources available in the local community. 

4) Customize the resource to support immigrants’ economic, civic, and linguistic integration.

Examples from USA Learns’ freely available Access America course are used throughout the guide. 

Benefits and Uses

This guide offers tips and guidance for program administrators and instructors on using virtual learning strategies for serving English Learners, especially in IELCE activities. It provides tangible examples of how one online resource, USA Learns’ freely available Access America course, can be used for this purpose. 

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