English Language Acquisition Instruction

ESL Pro Technical Assistance

ESL Pro is a technical assistance (TA) project sponsored by LINCS, The Literacy Information and Communication System, which is a professional learning platform for adult educators funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE).

In 2015, OCTAE selected Indiana as one of 10 states to receive the ESL Pro TA to help Indiana Adult Education improve its capacity to serve adult English Language Learners (ELLs) and prepare for new activities required under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Leading the project is Heide Spruck Wrigley, with Literacy Work International, who is a subject matter expert in developing professional development opportunities and resources designed to build better connections between English Language Acquisition (ELA) instructional programs and Regional high-growth career pathways.

Indiana’s ESL Pro project plan includes the follow pilot professional development (PD) resources and opportunities:

Read more about each training and resource listed above by clicking here.

ESL Pro Online Course

Indiana’s ESL Pro Online Course is focused on preparing adult ELLs for work and career pathways as described in WIOA. This 7-week, semi self-paced course is divided into four units:

  • Unit 1: Understanding Key Concepts
    This unit explains what it meant by workforce preparation, career pathways and contextualized instruction and why it matters. It also lays out some key considerations when working with adult ELLs whose goal it is to find good jobs or enter training leading to an industry recognized certificate or credential.
  • Unit 2: Program Design: Issues and Options
    This unit is designed for program developers or administrators who are responsible for setting up contextualized instructional programs that serve to transition students to higher levels of ABE/ESL or to occupational skills training programs. The emphasis in this unit is on building community partnerships (as outlined in WIOA) in order to develop career pathways for adult ELLs.
  • Unit 3: Bright Ideas for Curriculum and Instruction
    This unit offers strategies for developing curricula for courses that are part of a career pathway and that align to occupational skills training and/or employment students are pursuing. It also contains a wide variety of practical ideas for classroom teaching that prepares adult ELLs for the modern workplace and helps them to succeed in job skills training.
  • Unit 4: Capturing What Counts: Evaluation and Assessment
    This unit is for anyone interested in assessing what students and clients know as they enter training and education programs and for those looking for strategies to document success. The unit also focuses on strategies for “knowing what students know” through ongoing informal assessments in a classroom or advising environment.

Participants must complete unit one and at least one additional unit listed above. The course will run from March 28th – May 6th. Read more about the online course by clicking here.

Registration for this course is currently closed.

ELA Career Pathways Ambassador

Individuals who complete the Preparing English Learners for Work & Career Pathways Online Course online course (above) may apply to become an ELA Career Pathways Ambassador.

ELA Ambassadors will attend one day of in-person training in Indianapolis on May 19th, 2016 to learn how share the content covered in both the ESL Pro online course and its associated resources with others in their local Adult Education and Workforce Development networks.

Applications for the ELA Career Pathways Ambassador opportunity will be sent to online course participants in April. Stipends may be awarded to ELA Career Pathways Ambassadors.

More details coming soon!