- Participants are assigned a mentor who stays with them throughout and beyond the program.
- It begins two years before release and continues for one year after.
- It is a holistic, involving, academic, vocational, spiritual, life skills, and substance abuse training.
- In the post-prison phase, prisoners are assisted in finding employment and getting connected to a local church.
Now not to run too far with the analogy here of "fossilized" learners being "imprisoned" by their heavily accented pronunciation . . . There were two aspects of the IFI framework that caught my attention and became integral to the system I developed for dealing with fossilized pronunciation, other than the holistic, integrated whole person model: the importance of (a) the value of the learner's connection to the local community in ensuring that change lasted, and (b) maintaining a less formal "mentoring" or consulting relationships for at least a short period beyond the program. What I discovered early on was that (a) could often greatly enhance (b), pointing students to quality opportunities for practice and giving them advice on strategies and preparation--something more than "Now go practice your English with your friends or the tourists . . . "