The Refugee Education and Employment Program (REEP) of Arlington, Virginia, was designated in 1983 as one of seven sites for participation in a national Mainstream English Language Training (MELT) project of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The primary project goal was to link overseas refugee camp training to refugee programs in the United States to facilitate refugees' English language learning and transition to employment and independence in the United States. REEP was selected to field test and refine three products and components of the project, including: (1) field testing of three versions of the Basic English Skills Tests (BEST) designed to measure general language ability; (2) testing and refinement of standardized Student Performance Levels, general descriptions by level of students' language ability; and (3) elaboration and specification of a set of curriculum guidelines entitled the "CORE Curriculum Guide," to be used as a reference guide for the development of U. S. based curricula. REEP benefitted from these tasks in the improvement of its methods and in the testing and achievement of its own goals of promoting refugee self-confidence, employment, and independence in the United States. (MSE)
Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Washington Area Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (5th, Alexandria, VA, October 12-13, 1984).