Supporting English Language Learners in Integrated Education and Training 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 program year.
Supports that programs are providing ELLs in IET/IELCE programs:
These resources and strategies are used by programs to provide guidance, language practice, and scaffolds for the instruction delivered to English language learners in IET/IELCE programs.
- Supplemental tutoring
- Language labs
- Conversation classes
- Book clubs
- Dual enrollment
- Contextualized instruction
- Distance education
These supports are used to provide guidance, language practice, and scaffolds for workforce preparation activities.
- Goal setting
- Mock interviews with local recruiters
- Presentations from local businesses
- Career navigators
- Employment success courses
- Employment readiness resources
- Job mentorship program
- Information sessions & hiring events to connect learners to local employers
These instructional resources are used by IELCE programs to deliver English language, literacy, workforce preparation, and training instruction to English language learners. Click on each resource to learn more.
Approved Distance Education Curricula
These resources are used by IELCE programs to supplement their instructional materials with materials that provide additional support to English language learners. Click on each resource to learn more.
These technology tools are used by programs to integrate digital literacy into the IET/IELCE classroom as well as support learners in continuing to develop their digital literacy skills. Click on each resource to learn more.
For more information on how to integrate some of the above instructional resources into instruction and/or program administration, please visit VALRC’s Digital Literacy and Distance Learning for ELLs resource banks.
“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.
Supporting ELLs in IELCE Programs: The 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 email@example.com.
Supporting ELLs in IELCE Programs: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting ELLs in IELCE Programs: 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 email@example.com.
Supporting ELLs in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supporting ELLs in IELCE Programs: Region 15
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 email@example.com.