Welcome to the
Project CONNECT information site!

Note: This site tells you about Project CONNECT, however you will not be able to access the actual Project CONNECT website from this information site.

Project CONNECT is an interactive, educational website designed for adult immigrants and refugees in the United States who are studying English. Using Project CONNECT, intermediate level students can practice their English skills and learn about working, studying, and living in the United States, all online. Unlike most Internet sites, Project CONNECT is written specifically for adult English language learners.

The learning units are organized by three major themes: "Working in the USA," "Learning in the USA" and "Living in the USA." Within the three themes are eight units that include audio and video sections for listening practice, thematic readings, writing practice and guided Internet activities. In each unit, interactive activities provide feedback to learners.

In addition to the units, the Online Community provides a chance for authentic communication among learners within its discussion board and an internal email features.

Project CONNECT is designed for intermediate level language learners which refers to Student Performance Levels (SPL's) 4 or 5. Test scores on standardized tests would be in these ranges: BEST 42-57; CASAS 201-220. According to the US Department of Education's National Reporting System (NRS) our target learners ranges from Low Intermediate Level ESL to High Intermediate Level ESL.

>> See our TESOL 2004 presentation. <<

Project CONNECT is designed as supplemental instruction: a teacher can use it to enhance what is being taught in the classroom, for independent or group work in the computer lab or for out of classroom assignments. The site content is broad enough to appeal to a range of learners in various leaning environments. Some programs may be interested in using Project CONNECT for distance education.

Teachers will be able to review saved student work and provide feedback to the entire class or one student using CONNECT's email feature.

The following partners have developed the curriculum and written, designed and programmed the learning units and site features:

  • PBS Adult Learning Service, Alexandria, VA
  • The National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL) at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Adult and Continuing Education, Louisville, KY
  • KET, The Kentucky Network, Lexington, KY, joined as a partner in Dec. 2002

Project evaluation is being conducted by SRI International of Menlo Park, CA.


Public Television Site support:

  • KLRN, San Antonio, TX
  • KNPB, Reno, NV
The following sites have participated in field tests since 2002:

  • Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP), Arlington, VA
  • Fairfax County Public Schools, Adult ESOL Program, Fairfax, VA
  • Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA
  • Jefferson County Public Schools, Adult & Continuing Education, Louisville, KY
  • Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus, Alexandria, VA
  • Northside Adult Community Education Center, San Antonio, TX
  • Pima County Community College, El Rio Learning Center, Tucson, AZ
  • Project READ, San Mateo Public Library, San Mateo, CA
  • Rochester City Public Schools, Department of Workforce Preparation, Family Learning Center, Rochester, NY
  • Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV
  • Vision Literacy, Santa Clara County Library, Gilroy, CA

Special thanks to all of the teachers who have given of their time to introduce their learners to Project CONNECT!

Project CONNECT is sponsored in part by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) U.S. Department of Education and by in-kind contributions by the project partners and field test sites.

Sign up to receive email updates about Project CONNECT and notification when it is launched. If you have other questions about Project CONNECT, please contact Fran Keenan the project manager.