Adult Basic Education (ABE) & General Educational Development (GED)

Course Overview

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED) programs provide opportunities for adults to improve their English skills in order to achieve their educational and personals goals. Instruction is individualized. Students may perform at different levels and progress at their own pace, depending upon ability, achievement, and learning goals. Upon entering the ABE/GED program at The English Center, a diagnostic test is administered in order to assess the student’s academic needs. The purpose of this test is to generate a study schedule for each student. TEC’s complete ABE/GED program includes the following required courses:

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program is designed to improve educational opportunities for adults who lack the level of English literacy skills needed for effective citizenship and productive employment.  Instruction is based on the needs of the individual student.  This course is offered in a computer lab and stand-up teaching setting in order to accommodate different learning styles.  In the computer lab, students can learn reading, language, and math skills through various software and computer programs.

General Educational Development Program (GED)

The General Education Development (GED) program prepares students to take the GED® test. Passing the GED® test will result in awarding the students a State of Florida high school diploma. Florida residents, at least 18 years of age at the time of application, who perform at the ninth grade level or higher as measured by the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), are eligible to register for the GED® preparation class.

Success Pathways Program

The Success Pathways Program at The English Center is a great program which helps struggling students who drop out of high school and want to prepare to take the GED® test. It offers individualized attention and support to students in small settings.  The program follows the Career Pathways wheel format and in addition to the Adult Basic Education (ABE) curriculum, it also explores topics such as:

  • Decision making
  • Personal finance
  • Health and wellness
  • Career focused research
  • Civics

The program is conducted through computer-based learning, textbook assignments, videos, lectures, workshops, and seminars. There are field trips and other educational experiences for students to explore their personal/career interests throughout the trimester. There is an emphasis on the use of technology throughout the course.  This is an accelerated program in which attendance is closely monitored.  In addition, individual participation in two community service volunteer projects is a requirement for successful completion.