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
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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