ESoL-Civics Curriculum Framework
Developed by Debbie Tuler, ESL Specialist, Charlottesville Adult Learning Center
The Charlottesville Adult Learning Center (ALC) is part of the regional Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education (TJ ACE) program. The ESL Curriculum Framework was developed by the ALC prior to regionalization.
The Charlottesville Adult Learning Center ESL Curriculum is a framework for guiding instruction and addressing students' English language learning needs and goals within a sequenced program. The curriculum ensures a learning progression by indicating objectives for each level in all four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) as well as grammar. Also suggested are life skills for each level and learning objectives in civics education.
The objectives provide a guide for what to teach over the course of a year, but are not meant to be an exhaustive checklist. Skills should be taught in context, using themes or topics. Teachers at the Adult Learning Center are expected to assess student learning needs and goals and use that information along with the objectives to determine the best plan for their class.
This online curriculum framework can be approached in a couple of different ways. The Guiding Principles page provides background on our philosophy and approach. From there, it is possible to search objectives by level or by skill area. A search by level will enable a teacher to see all the objectives for that level - helpful if that is the class you are teaching. A search by skill will enable you, the teacher, to see the developmental sequence from one level to another - helpful if you want to see what students may be learning in a class level that is lower or higher than yours, or if you have a multi-level class.
NOTE: the class level titles used here are those used by the National Reporting System (NRS). At the Charlottesville Adult Learning Center we do not have 6 levels of instruction that fit exactly with the NRS levels (and our class names are different from NRS names); this is probably true of most programs but the NRS descriptions provide a way to correlate and compare levels and students across programs.