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Curriculum › Determine Focus
Determining your program's focus is an important second stage in the curriculum development process. It is based on an understanding of ESL literacy, the environment in which your program operates and the needs of your learners and the wider community, outlined in Stage 1: Understand Needs.
As you determine your program's focus, you will need to articulate your program's purpose, goals and approach. This will guide your decision-making in the remaining stages of curriculum development: Stage 3: Set Learning Outcomes, Stage 4: Integrate Assessment and Stage 5: Demonstrate Accountability.
As a resource to guide you in determining your program's focus, the curriculum framework provides information on four general areas of ESL literacy programming, each with a different program focus. These four program contexts are:
Community orientation and participation ESL literacy
Family ESL literacy
Employment ESL literacy
Educational preparation ESL literacy
Use the information provided in these program contexts to guide you in determining the focus for your program. Balance your understanding of your program context with the information gathered in the needs assessment process to determine your program's purpose, goals and approach.
Glossary of Terms (296 kB)
The Glossary of Terms provides definitions and descriptions of the way key terms are used in the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework.
Curriculum Development Guide: Stage 2 (396 kB)
This curriculum development guide summarizes the process outlined in Stage 2: Determine Focus of the ESL Literacy Curriculum Framework.
Determining Your Focus (134 kB)
This tool for determining focus is designed for instructors, based on the principles outlined in Stage 2: Determine Focus. The purpose of this tool is to help instructors understand the focus of the program they work in and establish a classroom focus, if they work in a less formalized program.