ESL or ABE ?? (Adult Basic Education)
Posted by Lisa (Elisabeth) H. Braley at 10/17/2009 11:00:00 AM
ESL (English as a Second Language) or ABE (Adult Basic Education): What is right for me??
I recommend for MOST people that they should complete the intermediate high and the advanced esl level before going to the ABE program and they will be more successful at the GED or High School Program.
However, if you do not have strong reading and writing skills in your first language, ABE may be a better program for you.
You may choose to do both the ESL and either GED, ABE, or HS program.
GED (General Equivalency Diploma)/High School/ABE Program (Adult Basic Education)
What are the students goals and abilities?
Before you can enter the ABE, GED or High School Diploma Program, you must be TABE tested. You need a recommendation from your teacher to be tested. Once you have a recommendation from your teacher, please see the Administrator in room 201 to sign up for the next TABE test. It is usually on the 2nd and 4th Tues of each month at 8:30 am or the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 6:30pm. It is a 3 hour test.
If you pass the TABE test at the 8th grade level, you can choose the right program for you -- either GED or High School Diploma.
If you do not qualify at the 8th grade level you will be placed in ABE.
You will not get regular speaking practice in ABE/GED/H.S. classes
You will work more independently
You will be in a multilevel class environment
You will work on your writing and academic (high school or college preparation) work.
You will gain academic skills (math, writing, vocabulary) that will prepare you to finish high school or take the GED