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Creative Workplace Learning. English as a Working Language. AGENDA. Introduction to CWL’s E nglish as a W orking L anguage program The CWL Difference Significance of the Program Sample Student Work Outcomes of the EWL Program. EWL: An Introduction.

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Creative workplace learning

Creative Workplace Learning

English as a Working Language


  • Introduction to CWL’s

    English as a Working Language program

  • The CWL Difference

  • Significance of the Program

  • Sample Student Work

  • Outcomes of the EWL Program

Ewl an introduction
EWL: An Introduction

  • The CWL English as a Working Language Program meets the needs of both the business and the workers/students

  • The CWL model was selected as a Best Practice at the 1999 Summit 21st Century Skills for 21st Century Jobs sponsored by Vice President Al Gore.

The cwl model
The CWL Model

  • Establish the Employee Involvement Team (employer, workers, funder and CWL)

  • Conduct a Workplace Needs Assessment

  • Develop a Contextualized Curriculum

  • Recruit Potential Students

  • Assess Student knowledge of English

  • Provide English Classes 15-20 weeks

  • Evaluate Program

  • Organize a Ceremony of Completion/Graduation

The cwl difference e mployee i nvolvement t eam
The CWL Difference:Employee Involvement Team

  • Purpose of the EIT

    • To plan, monitor and contribute to workplace education programs/classes

    • To create a learning community that results in employee satisfaction and commitment

    • To target and address communication skills

    • To make connections to the workplace and enhance language acquisition by using authentic work materials

    • To galvanize learners to succeed through team support

Ewl program details
EWL Program Details

  • EWL participants are employed and attend classes at their workplace

    • 2 hour classes, twice a week

    • 15-20 weeks per session

  • Optimal number of students

    • 8-12 per class, maximum 15

  • The curriculum is customized to address student and employer needs

  • Workers are assessed for Performance Level:

    • reading & writing competencies

    • listening & oral competencies

Who are ideal ewl participants
Who are ideal EWL participants?

  • Employees who need to improve their English skills for optimal performance at work

  • Employees who seek to understand, speak, read and write English better so they can

    • communicate with their supervisors & coworkers

    • comprehend instructions

    • express any concerns or problems

    • speak with and understand customers or clients

  • Employees who show potential for advancement but lack confidence in their English abilities

  • Employees who need to pass an admissions exam for advanced technical training

Coworkers in the classroom partnering and role playing
Coworkers in the Classroom:Partnering and Role Playing

Significant outcomes
Significant Outcomes

  • Increased confidence and self-sufficiency at work

  • Increased participation in meetings, communications and relationships at work

  • Improved employee retention rate

  • Improved attendance

  • Increased company loyalty

  • Decreased errors and waste on the job

Quantitative results a sample from nidec power general supervisors surveys
Quantitative Resultsa sample from NIDEC/Power General Supervisors' Surveys

Testimonials in support of cwl s ewl program
Testimonials in Support of CWL’s EWL Program

  • Highly creative and cost-effective method to improve results in the workplace through training

  • Instructional methodology resonates with a leadership and values-based transformation

  • Reflective of a strong approach to organizational effectiveness

*From Hans Picker, the President of CEC International’s letter to Lloyd David, Director, CWL.

Companies cwl has worked with
Companies CWL has worked with:

  • American Student Assistance

  • Analog Devices

  • Avery Manor Nursing Home

  • Bertucci’s

  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield

  • Boston Scientific Corporation

  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital

  • Gillette

  • Malden Housing Authority

  • Polaroid Corporation

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Creative Workplace Learning

  • Contact Information:

    Lloyd David, Ed.D

    CWL President

    Brooke S. Toomey

    Program Coordinator, ESL/EWL Programs

    Creative Workplace Learning

    311 Washington Street

    Brighton, MA 02135

    phone: (617) 746-1260