Basic ESL Curricula Resources

ABE is focusing on helping learners at all levels prepare for future employmnent and continuing education. Utilizing Transitions funbding from the State of Minnesota, SPCLC members are producing a variety of basic ESL curricula incorporating these skills. These are free to use, but please credit the originating agency and (where indicated) SPCLC.

  • 50 Essential Resources for ESL consolidates many online tools for learning and teaching English. These range from interactive lessons, games and quizzes, to instructional podcasts and videos.
  • Pre-Beginning ESL, levels 0-1 (Minnesota Literacy Council, 2014): To prepare learners to transition to jobs and lay a foundation for post-secondary, this curriculum incorporates Bridge Prep, level-appropriate Transitions skills developed by the Hamline ABE Teaching and Learning Advancement System (ATLAS) Acacemic, Career and Employability (ACES) framework such as critical thinking (e.g., categorizing and sequencing) and self-management (e.g., maintaining a binder of class handouts) into every life skill unit. This curriculum builds literacy skills through regular practice with print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, fluency and comprehension. In building literacy skills, it also prepares learners for success on CASAS assessments.
  • Beginning ESL Transitions Skills, levels 2-3 ((Minnesota Literacy Council, 2013): To prepare learners to transition to jobs and post-secondary, this curriculum incorporates Transitions skills such as critical thinking and effective communication into every life skill unit. This curriculum aligns with CASAS themes.