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Some educators think that students need a solid foundation in English before they can begin learning about careers. The world of work is indeed complex, but students do not need to wait to reach a particular level of English proficiency before gaining knowledge about careers in the United States. Knowledge about careers can be taught contextually while students develop English language skills. 

In this interactive online session, participants will access career exploration activities that can be used with beginning level students right away. Participants will engage with a series of image-based activities that help students develop vocabulary and practice simple sentence structures, while gaining knowledge about careers in the United States. 


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Adult education instructors who want to deepen their ability to integrate career-focused content into their lessons at the beginning level through proven methods and materials

Many students come to adult education programs to prepare for their first job, get a better job, or keep the job they have. In addition to teaching speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, language and literacy teachers are charged with connecting students to career information and opportunities. While this can feel like a tall order, teaching about careers can be seamlessly integrated into the English language instruction teachers are already doing.  

Those who attend this session will be exposed to a variety of activities for beginning-level learners that are built around images of workplaces. The activities are designed to help learners gain key vocabulary around occupations, workplaces, workplace equipment, technology, and procedures, all while developing vocabulary, practicing simple sentence structures, conjugating verbs, and learning common phrases. Participants will develop their skills to create activities that combine language and career exploration goals by applying a career lens to everything they teach. This session combines presentation, activity exploration, and hands-on practice using the activities.

Time Commitment: 2 hours

The total time for this PD activity is 2 hours: 1.5 hours for webinar and .5 hours of prerequisite independent work. Both activities are required to complete the PD.

Note: We will be contacting you a week before the webinar with information on how to access the webinar. Look for a confirmation email from

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Understand what level career information activities are appropriate for beginning-level students
  • Incorporate career content and vocabulary while achieving language development goals
  • Apply a career lens to all current language, literacy, and numeracy lessons
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

Prerequisite work (30 minutes)

Prior to the session, participants will complete a Google form to provide background information and reflect on their own goals and the needs of their students related to career awareness.

02/02/2022 - 10:30 am to 02/02/2022 - 12:00 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES Program Support PD Center - Career Pathways
Topic Area
Career Pathways
Curriculum Development
Education and Career Planning
ESOL/English Learners