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Workplace Essential Skills

Workplace Essential Skills | Video Activity | CD-ROM | Online Lessons | Videos | Workbooks | Public TV Station | Teacher's Guide | Order Workbooks | Special Pricing

WESWorkplace Essential Skills uses TV/videos, print, and the Internet to help you brush up on your reading, writing, math, and job skills. There are 24 half-hour programs (plus Orientation), four workbooks, and 24 FREE online lessons. They work together to make learning easier. If you register and create a home space now, you can save your work in your own online portfolio. And, you can work online with a teacher!

Use Workplace Essential Skills to help you find a new job, train for a better job, or be more successful on the job you already have. The lessons are written at a pre-GED level. They will help build your critical thinking and problem solving skills. Developing these skills will also help you prepare for the GED tests.

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  • What the Workplace Essential Skills lessons are about.
  • Read more about the workbooks and how to order them.
  • Find Workplace Essential Skills on public TV.
  • Learn about the CD-ROM of video clips, and how to buy it.
  • Login and get started with Workplace Essential Skills free Web-based Lessons.

Video Activity
Each Workplace Essential Skills lesson has a video activity based on a short segment that you watch on your computer. The segments are taken from the 24 half-hour TV programs. There are two ways to view the clips.

  1. You can watch the video clips on a CD-ROM, which will be faster than downloading them from the Internet.


  1. You can download the free version of a program called QuickTime onto your computer from Depending on your computer, it may take up to 15 minutes to download each clip using QuickTime.

If your computer does not have high-speed Internet access, you can order a CD that contains the 24 video clips. The CD costs (plus shipping and handling). Call the KET at 1-800-354-9067 to order.


Online Lessons
An online lesson is one that you complete using a computer with Internet access. You can work on the lessons anytime, at any place that is convenient for you. You will answer questions related to the key ideas and vocabulary in the videos and the websites. As you do the Internet activities, you will visit many different websites on the World Wide Web.

The activities in the lessons are interactive. This means that you will have to use the knowledge you are studying, rather than just read it. You will connect to websites that help explain and give examples of the subjects you are studying. You type your answers and save them in your "portfolio." You can add to your answers, change them, or redo the lessons as often as you'd like.

The video programs are the foundation of Workplace Essential Skills. Each half-hour video presents documentary footage of people working in a wide variety of jobs, using basic skills on the job; real-life interviews with job seekers, employers and employees. Learners see what real employers are looking for in new hires and how to fit in and thrive in a new job.


Four student workbooks expand upon the Workplace Essential Skills programs.

  • Employment
  • Communication and Writing
  • Reading
  • Math

Each workbook begins with a skills preview pre-test and evaluation chart to help students determine their strengths and weaknesses before they begin. "After You Watch" sections contain instruction, enrichment activities, and practice exercises. Both pre- and post-tests are followed by answer keys. Each workbook closes with a glossary, an index, and a reference manual containing explanations, formulas, document templates, and other useful items.

You can order each title separately for , or buy the 4-book set for (plus shipping and handling). Call KET at 1-800-354-9067 to order.

Public TV Station
The 24 TV programs are the foundation of Workplace Essential Skills. Watch them on a public TV station near you or tape them on your VCR for your individual use at home. Each program is about a half-hour long and goes with a workbook chapter and an online lesson. An orientation program introduces the basic concepts and ideas covered in the series. It explains how the videos, workbooks and online lessons work together.

You can log in, if you're not already, and enter your zip code in the box to find a public TV station airing Workplace Essential Skills programs. Or find your station from our station map.


Teacher's Guide
Designed as a comprehensive resource, this teacher's guide serves as a powerful tool to help teachers make effective, well-integrated use of video, print, and online components of LiteracyLink. In ample 3-ring binder format, this guide includes learning objectives, group activities and lesson plans for each workbook chapter.


Special Pricing
You may be eligible for big savings on GED Connection, Workplace Essential Skills, or Pre-GED Connection. Iif any organization in your state holds a statewide lease for that series, be sure to ask when you call. We can also offer volume discounts on many products.