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English Now! Learning Circles, Phase 3

Geographic Scope: Nationwide

Client(s): Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Services: Professional Development, Technical Assistance and Coaching

Expertise: Immigrant Integration and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Integrating Technology in Learning

English Now! creates access to blended learning for English Language Learners (ELLs) through weekly learning circles. Learning circles combine independent learning using an online course or app with group sessions that foster peer learning and leadership development. Learners build digital literacy skills, become comfortable learning online and develop self-efficacy as lifelong learners, and gain strategies for how to be successful in more formal classes. Now in its third phase, EN! learning circles are being offered at eight participating adult education programs in seven states.

English Now! provides a flexible, customizable framework through which programs offer online content for ELLs in virtual or face-to-face learning circles. They help programs serve learners on waiting lists and onboard them to the general program when space permits, and serve learners with barriers to  attending a more time-intensive class. Learning circles create a pipeline of learners who are prepared with digital skills, acclimated to program policies and materials, and ready for formal classes.

Now that adult learners have successfully participated in online learning this past year, interest in remote programming is high and programs are considering learning circles as part of their long-term, remote learning solution. World Education has developed expertise and a wealth of knowledge during the three phases of English Now! and is equipped to assist programs in implementing learning circles in both remote and face-to-face settings. This project is generously supported by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.