Career Exploration & Soft Skills


The BurlingtonEnglish Career Exploration & Soft Skills blended course helps students learn English, identify career and academic pathways, and develop the personal and workplace success skills needed for career success.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Written Communication, Teamwork, Professionalism, Conflict Resolution, Respecting Differences, Integrity, Organizing Information, Lifelong Learning, Technology

Learner resources

  • Career exploration lessons examining personal skills and values and covering 16 career clusters with related career pathways and jobs
  • Workplace-based success skills lessons covering Getting a Job, Effective Relationships at Work, Workplace Skills, and Education & Training
  • Independent work to reinforce in-class lessons accessible on computer and/or mobile app
  • Speech Trainer pronunciation feature with customized pronunciation feedback and error correction
  • Personal digital portfolio to store writing and career interest documents
  • Tutorial videos showing how to connect a headset, record voice, and navigate course materials
  • Vocabulary practice, with Spanish translation available and instructions in 25 languages, including Arabic, Haitian Creole, and Korean

Instructor resources

  • Projectable in-class lessons for in-person, remote, or hybrid classes
  • Course and lesson planner with scope and sequence document, best teaching practices, and listening and video scripts
  • In-class lesson plans with worksheets in fillable PDF and downloadable/printable formats
  • Access to students’ online portfolios to make comments and corrections on students’ writing
  • Dashboard access to progress reports and student time on task reports
  • Correlation to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), and CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System) competencies, and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Employability Skills Framework

Key Takeaways

  • Adult education programs serving English language learners can use the blended career exploration and personal and workplace success skills lessons in classroom or workshop settings to help students make choices about next steps, including Integrated Education & Training.
  • Adult education programs can use the soft skills course crosswalk to the U.S. DOE Employability Skills Framework to plan within their own personal and workplace success skills framework.
  • This course is available at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of English, with increasingly sophisticated vocabulary and jobs requiring advanced degrees in the higher-level courses.
  • Spanish translations of English vocabulary are available in the vocabulary practice area.

The Burlington Group has been publishing educational material for learners around the world for 40 years. Its mission is to help English language learners achieve their language and career goals. In 2009, Burlington launched BurlingtonEnglish, an online digital solution for adult language learners which includes a speech-processing and training platform. The blended learning solution offers face-to-face teacher-led lessons and student access to online lessons outside of class. The federal CCRS and ELPS are incorporated into the Burlington curriculum at all levels. BurlingtonEnglish is an official CASAS partner and offers CASAS test preparation materials.

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