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Dear colleagues, 

Below is information about a new resource available online that may be
of interest to those work with adult English language learners.

Lynda Terrill
Research Associate
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition
Center for Applied Linguistics
4646 40th St, NW
Washington, DC
tel 202-362-0700
fax 202-363-7204


	Practitioner Toolkit: Working with Adult English Language
As the adult English language learner population continues to grow, many
adult literacy and family literacy programs in states with small ELL
populations or with rapidly expanding ELL populations may not be not
fully equipped to serve individuals and families learning English. This
is particularly true for many community-based and faith-based providers
in rural areas, as well as other small, locally funded programs. Many of
these providers may not have experienced staff trained to work with
adult English language learners, and they may also lack resources and

In response to this need, the Practitioner Toolkit: Working with Adult
English Language Learners was developed. This toolkit provides needed
support and resources to adult education and family literacy instructors
who are new to serving adults and families learning English. The toolkit
provides a variety of materials to help practitioners meet the language
and literacy development needs of the ELL students they serve. These
include responses to Frequently Asked Questions, a first-day orientation
guide, lesson plans, research-to-practice papers on English language and
literacy learning, and an annotated list of English and Spanish language
assessments in use. 

On the Center for Adult English Language Acquisition(CAELA) Web site,
the Index page at allows you to
select and download the entire document or to select and download topics
of interest as needed. 
The toolkit is made possible by a grant from the Office of Vocational
and Adult Education (OVAE) , U.S.
Department of Education, through DTI Associates, and is a collaborative
effort between the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
	If you have comments or questions about the Practitioner
Toolkit, please contact Lynda Terrill at 

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