The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requires programs to connect language instruction with workforce preparation. Instructors must help adult learners acquire the language skills, content knowledge, and cultural information required for workforce success.
This full-day interactive workshop will help teachers to integrate these skills as they relate to workforce participation. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: adapt, create, or revise workforce oriented activities appropriate for their instruction; identify ways to encourage students to develop and use personal strategies to acquire linguistic and cultural information for work environments and career pathways; develop a plan to continue helping learners acquire the language and cultural skills for workforce.
As a foundation, communication skills that are essential for employability and career advancement will be outlined, and throughout the day, evidence-based strategies will be presented, practiced, and reflected upon so that teachers can use those to help learners at all levels of English proficiency acquire the language and cultural information needed for success in the U.S. workforce. Opportunities and challenges involved in providing workforce language instruction to adult learners, both native and non-native English speakers, will be explored, with time dedicated to brainstorming ways of capitalizing on opportunities and managing challenges. Finally, facilitator and participants will work together to identify next steps for formalizing strategies and processes in their instructional contexts to help prepare learners for success in the workforce.