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 32, 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.
Students receive computers and 24/7 internet access to complete coursework that prepares them for college and family-wage jobs.
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.
I-DEA National Conferences
Start planning now to attend one of four national I-DEA training conferences being held August to December 2017.
I-DEA Course Topics
- Technology Skills Pre-Assessment (beginning of each quarter)
- Introduction to I-DEA
- Computer Skills
- Study Skills
- The American Education System
- Libraries and Library Resources
- Navigating Your Community
- Health and Wellness
- Stress Management
- Money Management
- Time Management
- Personal Inventory
- Career Exploration
- Math Basics
- Budgeting and Consumer Economics
- Cross Cultural Communications
- Contemporary World Problems
- Creating Powerful Presentations
- Writing Basics
- Washington State History
- U.S. History and Citizenship
- Interpersonal Communications
- Job Search and Interviewing
- Work Readiness
- Environmental Issues
- Effective Presentations
- Internet Basics
- Information Literacy
- Business Websites
- Team Collaboration
- End of Quarter Presentations (given at the end of each quarter)
- Technology Skills Post-Assessment (given at the end of each quarter)
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