REEP ESL Curriculum for Adults

The REEP Adult ESL Curriculum is a comprehensive system that provides instructional direction for programs and teachers of adult immigrants and refugees. First published in 1982, this student-centered, life skills focused curriculum is continuously updated to reflect advances in the fields of adult education, instructed second language acquisition and literacy, and to meet the changing needs of our students. Needs assessment and goal setting activities are at the heart of the curriculum and enable students to actively direct their learning. Students vote on life skills topics such as health, employment, community, government, and transportation to determine the context through which they will develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Digital literacy skills development weaves through all levels and topics of the curriculum.

REEPfile-iconKEY: Curriculum documents contain references within the text to other curriculum files. They are noted with a file icon and a bolded title, such as REEPfile-iconNeeds Assessment Tools Chart. You can find the referenced files on this homepage.


Units & Objectives

*Revised for English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and Digital Literacy Integration.

Lesson Plans & Activities


  • This curriculum originated as The REEP Curriculum, in print, in 1982. The curriculum was revised in 1994 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education. Through support of an English Language Civics grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Commonwealth of Virginia, the 1994 curriculum was revised and made available online in 2003.  Since 2003, the curriculum has grown and developed. In 2015-16, the Curriculum was reformatted and consolidated to be more accessible on any device type. Objectives and resources are continually updated and new lesson plans are added every year.
  • REEP thanks the teachers and staff who have played a role in the development of this curriculum.


Terms of Use 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. We do not maintain paper copies of the curriculum, as we continuously update the material. Other programs are welcome to use these online resources with the understanding that REEP will be credited appropriately. Written credit should appear as follows: Product of the Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP), Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, Virginia

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