This collection contains pilot versions of four life-skills curriculum projects developed in California in the 1970s. The
projects are Asian Project/ESL: a new approach for the 21st century; Integrated Competency-Based Bilingual Vocational English
as a Second Language (ICB-VESL); Basic Reading and Language Development; and Project ABLE. Two of the pilots, the Asian Project
and ICB-VESL, were later published commercially. Samples of the publication versions of the Asian Project are also included.
In the 1970s, California adult education's already large population of immigrant students who required English as a second
language education was increased dramatically by an influx of Southeast Asian refugees. The State Department of Education
used federal funds to develop life-skills oriented curriculum that was suited to the needs of the new residents. This collection
contains samples of two of the most widely used curriculum projects and of two other more obscure projects developed during
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