Adult Basic Education Resources

EL Civics Units - The following units were developed using a product-based planning method. The units are designed to aid beginning (CASAS 181 to 200) and intermediate (CASAS 201 to 220) level English as a Second Languge learners in learning basic skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. The materials development was funded through several EL/Civics grants from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Career Exploration - Intermediate ESL

This curriculum unit is appropriate for students with CASAS scores of 201 to 220. The unit encourages students to explore their career interests, and discover how their personal interests and life experiences will affect their career choice. It incorporates some digital literacy skills in the basic use of Microsoft Word.

Pre CNA - Intermediate ESL

In this unit the student will learn how to act appropriately as a C.N.A. in two different situiations: a client with diabetes and a client with high blood pressure. It is written to be used with Low to High Intermediate ESL learners (CASAS scores 201 to 220).

Food Safety - Beginning ESL

In this unit the student will learn how to safely prepare and serve a stir fry meal. Topics covered include proper hygiene, proper food handling and food service careers. It is written for Beginning ESL students (CASAS scores 181 to 200).

Food Safety - Intermediate ESL

This product-based unit was written to be used in an Intermediate ESL classroom. The objective of the unit is to instruct learners in safe food handling, including personal hygiene, food expiration dates, food contamination, and sanitizing the work area. Students will also explore entry level careers in the food industry.

Online Application for Employment - High Intermediate/Advanced ESL

This curriculum unit was written to be used in a High Intermediate to Advanced ESL class (CASAS scores 211 and above). Prior to teaching this unit, students should have a working knowledge of the World Wide Web and Email. This unit will then help them to understand the process of filling out online applications.

It is also suggested that prior to teaching this unit, possible pre-assessments include two Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment Modules - World Wide Web and Using Email (linked below). Additionally, teachers can use the Observation Rubric (below) to assess their students' prior knowledge.

Online Application for Employment - Beginning to Low Intermediate ESL

This curriculum unit was written to be used with Beginning to Low Intermediate ESL students (CASAS 181 to 210).  Prior to completing this unit, the students should have some basic computer skills, knowledge of the World Wide Web and Email.  The unit activities will help them to understand the process of applying for a job online.

Online Banking - ESL High Intermediate to Advanced

This material was written to be used in a High Intermediate to Advanced ESL classroom (CASAS 211 and up). The objective of the unit is to instruct learners how to utilize online banking services. Students will also explore the benefits and drawbacks of ATM usage.