This April, we officially started NELP Curriculum 8 (it's actually more like #10, but the first curricula didn't have numbers). It's going well so far ... but it's going to get better.
One thing I'm trying to build into the curriculum is the ability to allow students to set the difficulty of the program. Already we have a few measures in place. Students choose the difficulty of their library books and they choose how much to read (within certain NELP guidelines). As well, students have their choice of presentation assignments (and in first grade, essays): easy, intermediate and advanced topics. Also, students who want a greater vocabulary challenge (and some extra credit towards their final grade) can do Language Development exercises (which include vocabulary from Eiken STEP test 2nd grade, Pre-1st grade and 1st grade). Students can also choose to do book reports in addition to their weekly progress reports.
However, very soon, I'm going to move on to Curriculum 9! Curriculum 9 is going to offer many MORE choices to students, and it will allow NELP to better fit the needs of a wide variety of students who want to learn English in the NELP program.
There will also be some adjustments in homework to help students get more benefit from the time they spend preparing for NELP class.
So there are some very big and exciting changes coming soon that I hope will make the program a whole lot more interesting and beneficial for the students.