Contextualized Instruction

Course Dates:

October 2 – November 19, 2017

This course is brought to you through a partnership between World Education and the College and Career Pathways Institute at La Guardia Community College.






Format: Facilitated

Course Fee: $341


Do your students want to build confidence, develop academic skills and pursue pathways to meaningful careers? Recent research and adult education redesign initiatives highlight the need to rethink adult education curricula to support students’ short and long term education and career goals. Contextualized instruction is an effective classroom practice that helps students develop academic skills and career awareness of current industry and sector-focused issues. In this highly participatory course you will learn more about the principles and techniques of contextualized instruction that will help you to achieve your long-term instructional goals.

View a sample lesson from the course.

Participants Say: 

speech bubble“I think that this course has been the missing piece I need to help me develop a series of reading and writing classes for my students that includes career standards. Everyone has been a great source of information and ideas, making this course very concrete and hands-on. It amazes me that even though we came to the course from many different perspectives we still had many of the same issues.” Karen Scrutchfield, Bangor Adult and Community Education, ME

speech bubble“I definitely plan to use the knowledge I’ve gained in this course, to improve my lessons and units. It has been informative and very pleasant to exchange ideas and viewpoints with the others taking this course along with me. Thank you to the facilitator and my virtual classmates for helping me to grow as a teacher!” Lenore Cardoza, MA/TESOL, Brockton Public Schools Adult Learning Center, MA

Target Audience(s): This course is designed for instructors, curriculum developers and program coordinators working with adults and out of school youth in high school equivalency, college prep, and upper level ESOL and pre-HSE classes.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to: identify theories and practice that inform contextualized instruction, analyze instructional materials and classroom samples to identify best practices for contextualizing course content, and apply and modify models for contextualized lesson development in practice.

Course Instructor:

Serge Shea

Estimated Completion Time: 24 hours total

Completion Requirements:

Successful completion requires participants to complete course readings and videos, complete required posts, conduct an analysis of a contextualized literacy lesson using the framework introduced in the course, and create a plan for contextualized lesson development using authentic materials.

Certificate for Completion: Yes

Course Development:

This course was developed through a partnership with the College and Career Pathways Institute at LaGuardia Community College and World Education, Inc.

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