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Emerging Practices with Promise

Submitted By: Mary Ann Sanidad, Gavilan College

Curriculum Institute

  • Type of Practice: Curriculum Development
  • Targeted Population: English Language Learners, Teachers, Faculty and Staff
  • Program Area(s): English as a Second Language & Citizenship
  • Consortia Involved:
    Gavilan Regional Adult Career and Education Services: Gavilan Community College District, Gilroy Unified School District, Morgan Hill Unified School District, San Benito High School District, San Juan - Aromas School District

The Challenge

Traditional ESL programs have many levels, and their courses do little to prepare students for the work world; For students to complete an entire ESL program sequence and continue on to credit college CTE courses is not only a lengthy process, but for some it is unattainable due to their residency status.

The Solution

Lead by the Career Ladders Project staff, the Curriculum Institute was a three day convening of ESL, CTE instructors, and a few administrators from across the consortium to talk about our pathways and explore areas of study that would interest South Santa Clara County /San Benito County ESL students and that would lead to some level of advancement in the local work place. The idea is to develop “stackable” certificates in these areas.


After three days, a vision was formed of a career pathway created with contextualized ESL courses. In this plan, two classes would be developed for each of the four following areas: Business, Computer Systems and Information Systems, Family Child Care, and Landscaping. A visual was drawn to show the divergence of the academic and career pathways, entry and exit points and other opportunities for learning students would find on the path. A second visual demonstrated how the three year plan for services would fit into the academic/career plan.

The Data

We anticipate 3 classes to be offered in the Spring, 2016 semester.

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