ESOL Transitions Framework

Watch: Archived Webinar

The Life Skills, College, and Career Readiness Guide for ESOL Learners (The Guide) is the final product of a two-year collaborative project among The Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS), the System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES), and MA ESOL practitioners.

This resource is a collection of tasks that teachers can use in their classrooms to build the skills that students need to succeed in next steps. The Life Skills, College, and Career Readiness Guide for ESOL Learners provides dozens of suggested activities at all three NRS class levels, but it can easily be adapted in ABE classrooms as well. The tasks were created to alleviate the burden on teachers to translate the myriad lists of college and career readiness skills into classroom activities. Instead, teachers, program directors, and even students can identify tasks that they find useful—or adapt them for their use.

Webinar Date: October 2, 2012


Luanne Teller currently works as the Director of the System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) Central Resource Center (CRC) at World Education, Inc. She has created and served as the director of three adult education programs, including a job skills training and job placement program, an ESOL program, and a transitions to college program. In all of these programs, she has helped adult learners develop the skills to successfully transition to careers and to postsecondary education. In addition to creating effective structures that generate strong performance outcomes, her work has included curriculum development, teaching, advising, and developing partnerships with employers and community organizations.

Kermit Dunkelberg is the newly-appointed Director of Adult Basic Education and ESOL for Holyoke Community Colleges. For eight years, Dr. Dunkelberg has served as the Program Coordinator of HCC’s Ludlow Area Adult Learning Center, which serves 120 ESOL adult immigrants and refugees yearly. He is a co-founder of the ABE to College Smooth Transitions Working Group, a forum which brings together practitioners from Western Massachusetts ABE and workforce development programs with faculty and staff from five area community colleges, to develop strategies to “smooth” the transition to college process for adult learners.