City of Portland
Office of Economic Opportunity

Portland of Opportunity

Client: City of Portland, Office of Economic Opportunity

 

Overview: Working with the City of Portland, KDK developed a curriculum for ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) students taking classes through Portland Adult Education to address issues around parking motor vehicles with the city. The curriculum included three modules – Parking Tickets, Getting Booted and Getting Towed. Each module contained teacher instructions, an animated video, supporting course materials and a quiz. Portland is home to a number of immigrants and refugees. Helping new Mainers better understand rules around the practical activities of daily life is an important step in their education. These first modules represent a pilot project. If successful, future modules may be developed around employment – interviewing, accepting a job offer, expectations on the job – and preparing for winter in Maine – dressing for winter, walking on snow and ice, heating the house/apartment, etc.

Goals: To create a curriculum that ESOL instructors can easily incorporate into their current course work that is representative of and useful for the immigrant populations living and working in Portland. To ensure success, we worked with educators and local immigrant leaders to create a final product that would be effective and successful in navigating the complexities of parking in Portland.

Videos: Click here to watch the videos!

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