English Language Tied to College, Careers
The Integrated Digital English Acceleration (I-DEA) program teaches English language skills in the context of college and careers for learners who face the largest language gaps. Unlike traditional approaches — in which learners are expected to learn English before pursuing college or job-training — I-DEA teaches English in tandem with college and career skills. Students quickly learn skills relevant to their lives and careers.
I-DEA Program Features
How it works
Students participate in 31, week-long instructional modules that blend English language instruction with college and career skills. Topics range from navigating the community and information literacy, to professional communication, job exploration and interview skills.
Unlike traditional approaches — in which learners are expected to learn English before pursuing job-training — I-DEA teaches English in tandem with college and career skills. Students quickly learn skills relevant to their lives and careers.
Students complete online modules to learn, practice and develop knowledge of concepts before coming to class. They then use classroom time to apply and practice what they've learned. In-class instructors and peer support guide and enhance skill acquisition.
Transition to I-BEST
I-DEA is based on Washington state's I-BEST program, which integrates instruction using team-teaching to combine college-readiness classes with job training. I-DEA connects to I-BEST and other programs that lead to certificates, degrees and family-wage jobs.
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Last Modified: 2/15/22, 9:07 AM