Adult Literacy Services

County Map of Vermont Vermont's adult education and literacy system (Learning Works) offers essential literacy services at convenient locations throughout the state. This includes English language acquisition for speakers of other languages (ESOL), civics education for immigrants (EL/Civics), literacy skill acquisition in math, reading, writing and computer use, and essential workplace skills acquisition. All Learning Works educational services are informed and guided by the Equipped For the Future (EFF) Standards.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Learning Works Centers offer ESOL instruction through small group and one-on-one instruction, emphasizing a communicative approach to language acquisition. Learners are able to quickly acquire basic skills in English language to meet needs in workplace, family, and community life.

Civics education is designed to prepare immigrants for successful participation in community life, and satisfactory completion of citizenship requirements.

Foundational Skills
Adults seeking to acquire or improve their skills in math, reading and/or writing are able to access instructional services throughout the State at no cost.  Today, computer literacy is also considered a foundational skill and one which the adult education and literacy system addresses.

Essential Workplace Skills
The soft skills essential to success in any workplace can be acquired with assistance through the Learning Works system. Assessment is also available to assist in determining readiness for specific occupations. 

Equipped for the Future (EFF) Standards
The Agency of Education and the adult education and literacy providers have adopted EFF as the primary framework for standards, student goal-setting, curriculum, instruction and assessment in the AEL system. The EFF framework aligns with Vermont's collective philosophy and vision for how education can support adult learners to function in their roles as workers, citizens and family members. The following resources are also available:

  • EFF Standards
    The 16 EFF Content Standards define the knowledge and skills adults need in order to successfully carry out their roles as parents and family members, citizens and community members, and workers. This Web site also contains additional background information and resources.
  • "Equipped for the Future: The Evolution of a Standards-Based Approach to System Reform"
    National Center for the Study of Adult Learning (NCSALL) article contains the executive summary by Sondra Stein, senior research associate at the National Institute for Literacy, and director of the Equipped for the Future Initiative.


Frank Gerdeman at or (802) 479-1381

Page Last Updated on May 12, 2014