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Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways

This is a 2016 resource from LINCS, author Jayme Adelson-Goldstein highlights five key concepts underlying rigorous, contextualized English language instruction that aim to prepare learners for further education and careers:

  1. Identifying future pathways: career awareness, career exploration, and goal setting;
  2. Learning-to-learn: direct instruction and practice with the study skills needed for workplace training and technical education;
  3. Developing workplace and training vocabulary: strategies and tasks that support autonomous vocabulary learning strategies;
  4. Demonstrating soft skills: skills that lead to increased employability; and
  5. Problem solving: scenarios and higher level thinking tools to address cross-cultural workplace issues.

Adelson-Goldstein reiterates the call for instruction that integrates the skills needed for transitioning successfully to postsecondary education or employment for learners at all levels of English language proficiency, including beginning literacy.