EFDL Curriculum and Lesson Planning for EFDL Teachers

The eight classes in the fall EFDL course focus on basic communication and consumer economics. The eight spring classes highlight community resources, health, occupational knowledge and lifelong learning. Family literacy is encouraged through the availability of children’s books from a classroom lending library. Special topics are presented on parent-teacher conferences (fall) and school involvement (spring). At the end of the fall and spring courses, students plan their next steps for learning more English. Following are plans, materials and ideas to support the fall and spring course curricula.

Fall Course

Classes 1 and 2: UNIT 1 – BASIC COMMUNICATION


Classes 3 and 4: UNIT 2 – CONSUMER ECONOMICS (SHOPPING)


Classes 5 and 6: UNIT 3 – CONSUMER ECONOMICS (FOODS)


Classes 7 and 8: UNIT 4 – CONSUMER ECONOMICS (HOUSING)

Spring Course

Classes 1 and 2: UNIT 5 – COMMUNITY RESOURCES


Classes 3 and 4: UNIT 6 – HEALTH


Classes 5 and 6: UNIT 7 – OCCUPATIONAL KNOWLEDGE


Classes 7 and 8: UNIT 8 – LIFELONG LEARNING

Supporting Materials

Teacher Orientation Manual


EFDL 2007 Lesson Plan Notebook

Detailed lesson plans from the original (2007) EFDL course used Real-Life English 1 (1994, Steck-Vaughn Company). Units in this course, particularly the unit on Schools and Education, contain plans that may be adapted for the current course. Units covered in the original course are as follows:

  1. Personal Communication
  2. Our Community
  3. Schools and Education
  4. Daily Living
  5. Food
  6. Healthcare
  7. Employment
  8. Shopping and Class Evaluation