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
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
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
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
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.