This capstone project aims to address the question: “How can current career pathway programs be expanded to create more “on-ramps” for Refugee ELL students at lower English proficiency levels? What role can community-based organizations take in creating “on-ramps”? This paper was inspired by the teacher’s professional experiences working with refugees with lower-level English proficiency seeking to re-enter their chosen career fields. The paper provides an overview of the literature with a specific focus on Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL), the Career Pathway model, Integrated Education and Training (IET) programs, and the need for “on-ramps” to create additional points of entry for lower-level students. The paper also gives an overview of Wisconsin's adult ELL education and IET programs. The paper ends with an introduction of the Rohingya refugee community in Milwaukee. The curriculum is a workplace safety IET course focusing on academic skills development. This curriculum is designed to be the first course in an on-ramp program connecting lower-level ELL students to an existing IET program. The curriculum includes three sample units focused on academic skills, personal protective equipment, and analyzing workplace safety scenarios. Materials include lesson plans with learning objectives, scaffolds and supports, instructional materials, and suggested scope and sequence chart.
Curriculum, ESL/ ELLs, Integrated Education and Training, Career Pathways
Hansen, Annamarie, "On-Ramps for Refugees: A Workplace Safety IET Curriculum for Low-Proficiency English Learners" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 980.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects