Students in the ESOL program will be challenged at their level in all aspects of the English language: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The program incorporates highly effective English software and modern resources to create a rich environment that blends technology, direct instruction and self-paced work. All students’ reading and listening skills in English are evaluated by the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems (CASAS) Life and Work test series throughout the program.
Instruction focuses on the themes of ESOL literacy, civic education and workplace readiness as outlined in the Florida curriculum frameworks. Additionally, curriculum includes instruction into health topics such as health care, nutrition and medicines to promote health literacy among English language learners as provided by the Staying Healthy Initiative grant from the Florida Literacy Coalition. Learning strategies include lectures, guest speakers, small group discussion, self-paced assignments, contextualized projects, and audio and video programs as well as text-based, writing and speaking activities. Instructional services provided include English grammar, phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, fluency and reading comprehension.