Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) Resources

Integrated English literacy and civics education, or IELCE, is defined in WIOA as education services provided to English language learners who are adults, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries, that enable such adults to achieve competency in the English language and acquire the basic and more advanced skills needed to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens in the United States. Such services shall include instruction in literacy and English language acquisition, the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation, and may include workforce training.


IELCE is used in two distinct ways: it may be provided as an activity under Section 231, or it may also be implemented as a program under Section 243 with funds allocated as described in Section 243.


The IELCE program under Section 243 carries additional requirements beyond those that an eligible provider must meet in implementing IELCE as a local activity under Section 231. First, it must include an integrated education and training (IET) component. Additionally, each program that receives funding under Section 243 must be designed to:


  1. Prepare adults who are English language learners for, and place such adults
    in, unsubsidized employment in in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self sufficiency; and
  2. Integrate with the local workforce development system and its functions to
    carry out the activities of the program.
    Note that services described in Section 243 IELCE programs are for English language learners at all NRS levels, including ESL, ABE, and ASE.


The materials and resources listed on this website are for use with either a Section 231 IELCE activity or a Section 243 IELCE program.

Supporting English Language Learners

This resource provides IET programs with instructional supports, career supports, instructional materials, and technology tools that can be used to support English language learners in IELCE/IET programs. In addition, it includes a video series in which Virginia IELCE/IET practitioners share their strategies for supporting ELLs in IELCE/IET programs.

IELCE Technical Assistance Videos

These videos provide a technical assistance overview of IET programs which includes an overview of IELCE programs as well a specific technical assistance related to IELCE Section 243 programs.


IELCE Lesson Plan Template

This is a lesson plan template that can be used to track and document the use of required IELCE components in the classroom.

IELCE Curriculum Checklist

When evaluating or developing curriculum for use in an IELCE program, use this checklist to assess the alignment between the curriculum and the required instructional components of IELCE programs.

English Language Learner University (ELL-U) Professional Development Plan

ELL-U was a free professional development network for ESOL practitioners. The resources developed through this federally-funded initiative were designed to broaden, deepen, and strengthen the knowledge and skills of educators working with adult ELLs. The following are available via this resource: online courses, learning plans, and professional development materials.

Preparing Refugees for Employment: The ABC’s of Understanding the American

In this webinar, speakers provide multiple strategies to refugee agencies and programs that support refugees that are navigating and accessing employment and career pathway opportunities.

Promoting Learner Engagement when Working with Adult English Language Learners

This brief highlights three instructional approaches—task-based learning, problem-based learning, and project based learning—and a classroom-based assessment.

Realizing Opportunities for English Language Learners (ELLs) Through State Academic Content Standards Webinar

This webinar, presented by Standards In Action, presents strategies and examples for implementing standards based instruction with English language learners.

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