PathwaysTier One of the IET blueprint, called Pathways, teaches the top six professional soft skills that employers expect of all employees, even those at the entry level, and regardless of their literacy skills. Pathways targets adult learners who read at the 2nd-4th grade equivalency level, or who are transitioning into grade equivalent 5. Lessons adhere to the college career readiness standards, and activities include reading, writing, speaking, listening, numeracy, and digital literacy practice in context of the workplace. Each unit of this curriculum takes from 6-8 weeks to complete.

To access the curriculum, which includes instructions for teachers and students, click on the following links. All documents may be downloaded for printing.

Curriculum Outline

Unit One: Communication in the Workplace

Unit Two: Safety in the Workplace

Unit Three: Teamwork

Unit Four: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Unit Five: Positive Attitude

Unit Six: Professionalism

Additional Instructional & Employment Resources

This page offers instructional and employment resources for teachers who work with low literate adult students who seek to improve their employment skills, as well as their literacy skills. Some lessons might have to be modified.

IET: Partners, Training, and Model Programs

This page provides links to IET policy positions, model programs, downloadable tools, and information for adult ESL students.


coverAbout the curriculum:

This curriculum has been adapted from Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success, which was developed by ODEP (Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor) and focused on teaching “soft” or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities.

Our modifications place an adult focus on the curriculum, with the assumption that the majority of adults 18 years and older already have some work experience. We have also incorporated best practices in teaching reading and writing for adults who read at grade equivalency levels 2-4, transitioning into 5. Additional reading, writing, numeracy, and digital literacy practice, activities, and videos are included, as well as podcasts that help low literacy adults read more complex text independently and/or work on improving their fluency. Note: Unit 2: Safety in the Workplace, was not part of the Skills to Pay the Bills curriculum.