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"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." ― Frank Smith

As an ESOL teacher or program manager, you will want to have the tools to provide up-to-date content with current methodologies aligned with content standards to improve your students' learning. You will find resources that are worthwhile tools for teaching ESOL in this section.

Spotlight Resources

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Building Basics
Building Basics is a multi-level curriculum for teaching ESOL within the context of the construction trades. It has been organized into four modules General Construction, Curb Appeal (Landscaping), Painting, and Plumbing. These lessons provide a facilitator guide with step-by-step instructions for implementation, facilitator materials, and learner handouts.

Money Talks
Money Talks is a comprehensive, multi-level resource for teaching financial literacy to adult ESOL students that can be used and adapted to fit a wide range of learning situations.

Health Literacy Toolkit
This comprehensive resource for adult ESOL educators and others interested in health care communication with English language learners contains:

  • Reproducible lesson plans and teaching materials on high-interest, hard-to-teach health topics
  • Easy-to-read resources on using U.S. health care for learners to access directly
  • Examples and how-tos for engaging in interdisciplinary health literacy projects
  • And much more!

Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults
The LESLLA site provides resources about teaching literacy level students, current research studies, and information on its conferences and publications.

Survey of VA Foreign Born Population
The Survey of Virginia Foreign Born Population contains pertinent data on the foreign born in each of 22 regions in Virginia.

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