At REEP, ESL is much more than grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Lifeskills instruction, student voice, and integration of technology are cornerstones of REEP’s instructional program. Students vote on lifeskills topics such as health, employment, banking, child’s school and transportation to determine the context through which they will develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.
REEP makes its Adult ESL Curriculum and accompanying resources available online so that its teachers and staff can have ready, easy access as they plan and execute their instruction. REEP has provided workshops on the use of the Curriculum throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and at professional conferences, including Teachers for Speakers of Other Langauges (TESOL) and the Virginia Institute for Lifelong Learning (VAILL).
The program consists of 9 proficiency levels ranging from Low Beginning to Advanced. Each level is designed for 120 to 180 hours of instruction (for example, 10-15 hours per week over 12 weeks), but the Needs Assessment component allows teachers to customize the curriculum for more intensive or less intensive instruction. Visit our REEP Curriculum home page.
Our curriculum, first published in 1982 as The REEP Curriculum: A Learner-Centered ESL Curriculum for Adults, was developed through extensive needs assessment with students, teachers, and language experts to meet the lifeskills needs of our adult students. In 2003, with grant funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia, REEP revised and expanded the curriculum. Now freely available online, the REEP ESL Curriculum for Adults is considered a model for adult ESL programs throughout the United States.