- Program Considerations
- Classroom Strategies
- Levels of ESL Literacy
Identify and Recruit
Recruiting learners can be challenging, especially if they have dropped out or given up on the system.
Ahmad’s story helps demonstrate the critical role that effective transition programs play in young adult learners’ lives. This stage outlines the process we have used in the Bridge program to identify and recruit learners.
Identify Program Needs
- Reflect on your situation: Are you building a new program or modifying an existing one?
- Determine what programs are already available for your target audience.
- Bring key stakeholders together to identify gaps in programming.
- Find a niche for your program.
- Explicitly define the goals of the program.
Identify Target Audience
- Define your target audience carefully.
- Recognize the literacy needs of your learners.
- Think holistically and focus on the needs of the whole learner: academic, social, personal.
- Clearly articulate the minimum listening, speaking and literacy levels required for entry into and exit from the program.
Set Program Expectations
- Set academic expectations for learner growth.
- Clearly communicate program expectations.
- Encourage learner independence and risk-taking.
- Recognize that realistically learners will need time to achieve academic and college readiness expectations.
- Build multiple level increments within the structure of larger program levels to help learners demonstrate progress.
- Develop a learner recruitment process.
- Make program expectations clear.
- Develop intake assessments to screen potential learners.
- Structure the program to allow for open entry and transition points.
- Develop visuals to show multiple pathways in and out of the program.
- Offer an orientation session and information package for new learners.
For more information, please refer to Bridging the Gap: A Framework for Teaching and Transitioning Low Literacy Immigrant Youth.