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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Alex Silverman


Supported Work Program is a Welfare to Work program designed to serve “the hardest to serve” Welfare recipients. The primary goal of the program is to assist recipients in finding and retaining work.

This paper draws upon research done while I was a Basic Skills Instructor for a Supported Work Program in Charlestown, MA. Originally hired as a Reading/Writing teacher, my responsibilities included teaching basic brush up of English Grammar, Reading Comprehension Skills and Writing. I soon found that my classroom was comprised of a wide spectrum of people including many ESOL welfare recipients. The inclusion of ESOL participants was not welcomed by much of the staff because the program was not properly prepared to service such individuals. This paper examines the original structure of the program and reports the changes that were made to meet the needs of an ESOL population.


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Work, Economy and Organizations