The Irving ISD’s Adult Education is dedicated to assist parents build confidence in their abilities to communicate in English in order to support their child(ren)'s education. In Irving, 49% of the population speaks a language other than English. Irving ISD is dedicated to the belief that parents are the primary role models for their children and that parent participation in advancing their own education is a strong influence on the educational success and life-long learning habits of their children. Irving ISD has a strong vested interest in supporting and expanding the adult education and literacy program in order to enhance our students’ academic growth.
English as a second language classes are offered for immigrant, migrant, and limited English proficient adults whose first language is something other than English. Varying levels of ESL classes help adult students of varying proficiencies. Programs can be made up of informal sessions that focus on conversation, or they can include structured courses that focus on written and oral proficiency and offer credits. The Adult ESL program will be offered at a variety of times of the day, depending on each site.
While teachers employ phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, fluency, reading comprehension, and other scientifically based research practices in all classes, civic topics will also be discussed in the Adult Education classes.
Our civics programs emphasize contextualized instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, naturalization procedures, civic participation, and U.S. history and government to help students acquire the skills and knowledge they will need to become active and informed parents, workers, and community members. English literacy and civics education classes introduce students to civics-related content and provide them with opportunities to apply that knowledge in their daily lives while building their English language and literacy skills. An integrated Civics curriculum stimulates individual responsibility in society and integrates other instruction for the typical ESL students such as sentence structure, parts of speech, and vocabulary building.
The roots of family literacy as an educational method come from the belief that the parent is the child’s first teacher. Studies have demonstrated that adults who have a higher level of education tend to not only become productive citizens with enhanced social and economic capacity in society, but their children are more likely to be successful in school. Literate parents are better able to support the learning of their children. Establishing family literacy programs is the most effective strategy to increase parental involvement and literacy development. The purpose of a parental literacy curriculum is to increase students’ academic achievement. When family literacy programs are established, parents become advocates for their child’s literacy. Simultaneously, students’ literacy excels as parents become empowered. When parents are empowered, they become active lifelong participants in their child’s education.
Computer literacy is defined as the knowledge and ability to utilize computers and related technology efficiently, with a range of skills covering levels from elementary use to programming and advanced problem solving. Students will gain a basic working knowledge of computer literacy.
Instructional courses in Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies, are designed to provide skills necessary to successfully pass the Official GED Test.
All programs/classes will be integrated throughout the AEL program.