Supporting the Economic Integration of Adult Learners with Emerging Literacy Skills

Many immigrants, including those with emerging literacy skills, have real-world economic needs. This spotlight provides resources and considerations for how adult education programming can support immigrants’ broader economic integration.

Jessie Stadd
Blaire Willson Toso
Ginger Kosobucki
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RTI International
Immigrant Welcome Center
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Instructional Material
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This spotlight explores instructional approaches and resources to support the economic integration of learners with emerging literacy. Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) activities can prepare learners for Integrated Education and Training (IET) and other economic integration experiences by building learners’ skills and understanding of how to navigate community and economic systems. For example, IELCE activities can help increase learners’ understanding and use of economic systems and services by helping them gain the numeracy and financial literacy skills needed to navigate online banking, bill paying, and tax filing. Examples of instructional activities and potential resources for designing contextualized lessons on each of these topics include math and numeracy skills, preparing for and obtaining a job, financial literacy, digital literacy, and community services navigation. By incorporating economic integration activities or content into the curriculum, programs can also help learners with emergent literacy skills navigate economic systems and participate in the workforce.

Benefits and Uses

This spotlight will help educators who are working with adult English learners with emerging literacy. While many of these learners have not had the opportunity to participate in formal workforce training programs, this spotlight highlights ways in which instructors can support their learners progress towards economic integration. 

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