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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas: Building Wealth-A Beginner's Guide to Securing Your Financial Future

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

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Computer(s), Internet access, headphones or speakers

Activity Description

In this self-paced e-learning course developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, students learn the basics of building wealth in five chapters that cover the following topics: wealth creation, budgeting, saving and investing, taking control of debt, and protecting wealth.


  1. This online course should be included as part of a unit on financial literacy for high-intermediate and advanced learners of ESL.
  2. Review the material covered in each chapter to help review what students learned at the end of each chapter.
  3. This course is a Flash file (.swf) so be sure your computers/browsers have the proper plug-in to play it.


  1. Direct students to the Example Web site (above). In order get students to the Web site, you can make it a Favorite (or Bookmark the site) on each computer browser, e-mail them the link, e-mail a word processing document with the link in it, or post the link on your class Web page.
  2. Have students do one chapter at a time.
  3. Review the material covered in each chapter with your students to ensure comprehension.

Teacher Tips

  • There is a printable PDF of the information contained at the site if your students do not have access to the Internet.

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  • The Dallas Federal Reserve has created interactive whiteboard activities for use in the classroom. The new lessons are part of the popular Everyday Economics series and Building Wealth in the Classroom. Download the .notebook files and accompanying PDF procedure documents at the site. Their Economic Education-Classroom Resources ┬ásection has many more resources for teaching financial literacy. You may want to explore them too.


  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced


Basic Communication

  • (1.8) Demonstrate financial literacy skills
  • (1.5) Understand how to manage household finances
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.