Supporting ELLs in IET

Supporting English language learners in IET/IELCE programs

This section of the IET Blueprint website provides practitioners with guidance, strategies, and resources for supporting English language learners in IELCE programs.

The following information is based on VALRC’s Supporting ELLs in IELCE Programs survey that was conducted in the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Supports that programs are providing ELLs in IELCE programs:

Instructional SupportsCareer Supports
Supplemental tutoringGoal setting
Language labsMock interviews with local recruiters
Conversation classesPresentations from local businesses
Book clubsCareer navigators
Co-teachingEmployment success courses
Dual enrollmentEmployment readiness resources
Contextualized instructionJob mentorship program
Distance educationInformation sessions & hiring events to connect to local employers

Instructional resources that programs are using in IELCE programs:

CurriculaApproved Distance Education Curricula
Step ForwardUSA Learns
FoundationsBurlington English
Stand OutESL Library
English for Childcare
Better Kid Care
CompTIA CertMaster
Supplemental ResourcesTechnology Tools
Local resources (flyers, websites, etc.)Google Slides
Bow Valley ReadersQuizlet
Teach ABC EnglishGoogle Forms
NY Times: What's going on in this picture?Jamboard
VOA Learning EnglishZoom
Marshalled Level Reading ProgramWhatsApp
NewselaGoogle Classroom
ESL VideoSocial media
ReadWorksGoogle Meet
News for YouCanvas

For more information on how to integrate some of the above instructional resources into instruction and/or program administration, please visit VALRC’s Online Learning Tools section of the Remote Learning Resource Bank.

“Voices from the Field” 

This video series was developed by IELCE practitioners from various programs in Virginia. Each video highlights the specific strategies that these programs are implementing to support their English language learners in their IELCE programs.

Region 6: In this video, Katy Parrish, the Waynesboro Adult Education and Region Six Adult Education Manager, highlights the strategies of leveraging dual-enrollment, creating career pathways, and using a cohort structure to support ELLs in their healthcare and manufacturing IET programs.

For more information, contact Katy Parrish at

Region 15, Chesterfield County Public Schools: In this video, Melinda Dart, the Adult ESL Support Specialist/Assistant Coordinator, shares how their IELCE program supports English language learners. The strategies that are highlighted in this video are creating career pathways, providing tutoring support, and listening to student voice.

For more information, contact Melinda Dart at

Region 21: In this video, Danielle Perry, the IET Coordinator, explains their four step process for supporting English language learners in their IELCE program. This process takes learners from ESL classes to workforce training by providing industry bootcamps, tutoring, and career support.

For more information, contact Danielle Perry at

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia: In this video, Melissa Rea, the Associate Director of Academic Operations and Student Supports, highlights some of the supplemental supports that are available for IELCE participants and English language learners at the literacy council including student advisors, supplemental tutoring, conversation classes, and study halls. This program exemplifies how to support ELLs throughout the duration of a program and how to effectively transition learners to their next step in the career pathway.

For more information, contact Melissa Rea at

Region 7: In this video, Brandi Millar, Lord Fairfax Community College Adult Education Instructor, and Kelsey Myers, Lord Fairfax Community College Adult Education IELCE and ESL Instructor, discuss how their IELCE IET was designed to support their English language learners by leveraging their employer partner collaborations to offer their learners employer specific contextualized instruction and additional opportunities including internships and industry specific job opportunities. Other supports that they discuss include a thorough vetting process, chunking content, and providing  supplemental instruction in identified content areas.

For more information, please contact Sharon Hetland at


Additional Resources: 

Helping Adult English Language Learners Transition into Other Educational Programs

While the focus of this site is on ELLs continuing to college-level programs, it contains useful information on categories of ELLs, academic challenges, and useful ways to support these learners with orientation and counseling.

Promoting Learner Transitions to Postsecondary Education and Work: Developing Academic Readiness Skills from the Beginning

This CAELA brief looks at academic skills such as thinking critically and organizing information and then suggests ways they can be incorporated into ESL classes to prepare students for transition into content area learning.

What Teachers Should Know About Instruction for English Language Learners

Washington state has assembled a report discussing the difficulties inherent in each academic content area for ELLs.

Additional resources for Adult ELLs can be found on the Model Programs section of the IET Blueprint website