Maryland Adult Education and Literacy Services Program


Maryland Content Standards for Adult ESL (English as a second language)/ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)


This document is an instructional framework for ESL and EL/Civic instructors and administrators that defines the language skills of students at specific levels. Learner competencies, cultural, workplace, metacognitive, and technology skills are included. This document can be used to guide instruction or align local curriculum.

The Content Standards document may be downloaded in PDF format (download Adobe Acrobat for free). For your convenience, the entire document, as well as individual sections of the document, are available below.

The Content Standards Document
Maryland Content Standards for Adult ESL/ESOL (Word)

The Content Standards by Section