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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Diane Larsen-Freeman


This paper provides an account of the development of the Southeast Asian Department of State Overseas Refugee Training Program's competency-based ESL curriculum. The author relates her personal experience as the curriculum, developer for the refugee program in Ban Vinai, Thailand in 1980 and 1981. The paper discusses the history of competency-based education and explains why a competency-based model was chosen. The paper concludes with a discussion of the principles that guide ESL instruction in the overseas training program.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Education