English as a Second Language
These 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 during the day, depending on each site.
EL Civics and Citizenship
In all classes, civic topics will be discussed. 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, employees 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.
Integrated EL Civics and Training
This class offers educational and training services for adult English language learners, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries, which enable students to achieve competency in English and acquire the basic and more advanced skills necessary to function effectively in the workforce. These AEL activities are led in conjunction with workforce preparation activities and workforce training in the areas of Home Improvement, STAHLS T-Shirt Design and Entrepreneurship, Clothing and Textiles, Hospitality and Tourism and Digital Literacy for the Workplace.
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.
GED Preparation Skills
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.