[Technology 884] PASSING THE TORCH: CAAL's ESL Report Released

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Gail Spangenberg gspangenberg at caalusa.org
Mon Feb 26 11:00:39 EST 2007



New York, NY (February 26, 2007) -- The Council for Advancement of
Adult Literacy today released PASSING THE TORCH: Strategies for
Innovation in Community College ESL. This 153 page report is the
result of two years of intensive work by a research team from the
five colleges studied in the project and by the project's study and
research directors: Dr. Forrest P. Chisman of CAAL and Dr. JoAnn
Crandall of the University of Maryland (Baltimore County). Drs.
Chisman and Crandall bring vast prior ESL experience to the study.
The highly textured report contains extensive descriptions of
exemplary ESL programs and practices in use at five institutions --
all nominated by a national cadre of their peers -- Bunker Hill
Community College (Charlestown, MA), City College of San Francisco
(San Francisco, CA), College of Lake County (Grayslake, IL), Seminole
Community College (Sanford, FL), and Yakima Valley Community College
(Yakima, WA).

Primary funding for the project came from The William and Flora
Hewlett Foundation. Supplemental support was given by the Ford
Foundation, The McGraw-Hill Companies, the Dollar General
Corporation, and Harold W. McGraw, Jr.

The study examines a rich variety of innovative and successful
programs and strategies in use in the institutions, with a focus on
non-credit ESL services. It concentrates on generating learning
gains, retaining students, and bringing about transititons to future
education. The report is for written for both designers of community
college ESL service and policymakers and private funders. Among the
effective strategies looked at are high intensity instruction,
learning outside the classroom, and the use of "learner-centered
thematic" curricular. Special attention is given to curricular
integration, co-enrollment, vocational ESL (VESL) programs, and the
Spanish GED. Issues of faculty training, development, and quality are
examined, and recommendations are given for 'engineering innovation'
in ESL colleges and programs. A main section of the report deals with
costs and funding issues, and calls for substantially greater and
more targeted funding for adult ESL.

A standalone Executive Summary of the report is available at the CAAL
website (www.caalusa.org). The full report is attached (including the
Executive Summary as an appendix item) It is also available at the
CAAL website. It will be easily accessible to persons with a high
speed Internet connection. It is also available at cost ($20 plus
postage, prepaid) by regular mail directly from CAAL
(bheitner at caalusa.org). Multiple copies (10 or more) will be eligible
for a discount.




VERY LONG DOCUMENT (2.2 MB)

PERSONS WITH A LOW-SPEED CONNECTION MAY WISH TO FOREGO THE DOWNLOAD
AND ORDER A HARD COPY FROM CAAL AS PER ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS.




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