Adult Education & Literacy

Adult Literacy Services

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:


Frank Gerdeman at or (802) 479-1381

Page Last Updated on July 28, 2014