Instruction and Curriculum
in Volunteer Community Based Adult Literacy Programs

English Speakers of Other Languages

Basic Reading
Citizenship English Speakers
of Other Languages
Family Literacy Homeless Students
Students with
Special Learning Needs
Technology Integration Workforce,
Workforce Literacy

How should adult ESL reading instruction differ from ABE reading instruction?
Author: M. Burt, J. Peyton, & C. Van Duzer
Published: 2005
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This article provides a research based rationale to identify which general teaching reading strategies work for all learners and which of those strategies do not work for English Language Learners (ELL).

Issues in teaching speaking skills to adult ESOL learners.
Author: K. Bailey
Published: 2006
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In looking at adult ESOL instruction, the author provides an overview of the instructional methods used over the last 60 years. She then reviews various means used to assess speaking skills. Among her recommendations for practice, Bailey supports the combination of interactive communicative language teaching with language-awareness activities to encourage both fluency and accuracy. She also advocates pre-service training programs in which novice teacher’s work with the specific population of nonacademic adult ESOL learners.

Making it real: Teaching pre-literate adult refugee students.
Author: A. Croydon
Published: 2005
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A complete course packet for working with pre-literate adult refugee learners, put out by Tacoma Community House in Washington State.

Mental Health and the ESL Classroom: A Guide for Teachers Working with Refugees.
Author: International Institute of Boston & Immigration and Refugee Services of America
Published: 2000
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This guide gives an introduction to mental health issues that refugees may experience and the role of the ESL teacher in and out of the ESL classroom.

Practioner toolkit: Working with adult English language learners.
Author: National Center for Family Literacy and Center for Applied Linguistics
Published: 2005
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This toolkit provides a variety of materials to help language and literacy instructors who are new to serving adults and families learning English. These materials include a first-day orientation guide, lesson plans, and research-to-practice papers on English language and literacy learning.