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English Language Learners

The Guide was developed by the Massachusetts Dept. of Adult and Secondary Education, the System for Adult Basic Education Support, and several Mass practitioners, with technical assistance from the Center for Applied Linguistics.  The Guide provides teachers with sample activities to use in their classrooms to help ESOL students develop the skills and knowledge they need to achieve their "next steps" employment, academic, or life skills goals.  This resource is NOT a list of skills, of which there are many examples, but a resource that translates those skills into interesting classroom activities.
The Guide is actually three guides, one each for Basic (SPLs 0-3), Intermediate (SPLs 4-5), and Advanced (SPL 6) ESOL learners.  The Guide developers felt strongly that even Basic Level ESOL students can practice next steps skills in the classroom.  While this resource was especially designed for ESOL learners, the activities can be easily adapted for ABE and Transitions students as well.
The Guide is available in PDF but also in Rich Text Format, so that teachers can isolate particular activities, add new ones, or amend those that are provided.  The RFT version also allows teachers to tailor listed activities for whole classes, groups of students working together, or an individual student.

The System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) and the Center for Applied Linguistics
Massachusetts Deptartment of Adult and Secondary Education

The purpose of Findings in ESL is to make CAAL's ESL work more readily accessible to general and ESL audiences who may not have the time to wend their way through the fairly dense full-length reports, items ESL 1 through ESL 5 above.

Forrest P. Chisman
Council for the Advancement of Adult Literacy

This paper explores the challenges and possible solutions of how adult learners succeed, as well as provides alternatives for program delivery and policy infrastructure. The authors provide a demographic landscape of the trends in various adult learner populations, including those who require English language learning, general and vocational education, and skill improvement.

Condelli, L., Kirshstein, R., Reder, S., Silver-Pacuilla, H., & Spruck Wrigley, H.
American Institutes for Research