The purpose of the Adult ESOL program is to assist immigrants and other individuals who are English language learners in: improving their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and comprehension skills in English, mathematics skills and provide an understanding of the American system of Government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship. In addition, the Adult ESOL program is designed to lead to attainment of a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent; and transition to postsecondary education and training; or employment. For more information please see the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title II, Section 202, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), 2014 at ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/wioa-overview.pdf.
The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act supports English language learners in the attainment of the following goals:
- Improve their literacy skills in English
- Obtain knowledge and skills for employment and economic self-sufficiency
- Participate in the educational development of their children.
- Improve economic opportunities for their families
- Understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
The Adult ESOL Curriculum Framework has six levels which correlate to the Educational Functioning Levels (EFLs) of the National Reporting System (NRS).
|FDOE Adult ESOL Levels
||ESL Level 1
|2 Low Beginning
||ESL Level 2
|3 High Beginning
||ESL Level 3
|4 Low Intermediate
||ESL Level 4
|5 High Intermediate
||ESL Level 5
||ESL Level 6
Completion of EFLs must be measured by assessing students with approved assessments in accordance with Rule 6A‐6.014, F.A.C at flrules.org/gateway/ruleno.asp?id=6A-6.014. Please view the Adult Education technical assistance papers at fldoe.org/academics/career-adult-edu/adult-edu/technical-assistance-papers.stml for additional information on assessment procedures.
It is not permitted to enroll students in the Adult ESOL and English Literacy and Career Education (ELCATE) courses simultaneously. Students must be withdrawn from the Adult ESOL course before enrolling in ELCATE. English language learners holding a secondary or postsecondary degree and/or credential may enroll in the Adult ESOL course if their reading and/or listening pretest scores are below the exit score for NRS level 6.
In order to enroll in the Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages program, students must:
- Be 16 years of age or older.
- Have officially withdrawn from the K-12 educational system.
- Demonstrate skills below the exit score of level 6 as measured by FLDOE-approved assessments.
Need More Information? Contact:
Downtown Campus ESOL Office
101 West State Street, Building A, Room 2101
Jacksonville, FL 32202
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