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Gail Spangenberg gspangenberg at caalusa.org
Mon Jun 4 12:38:45 EDT 2007


NOTE: The earlier posting of this news release carried an incorrect
linking address for the CAAL web site. The necessary correction has
been made in the copy forwarded here. BH



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> From: Gail Spangenberg <gspangenberg at caalusa.org>

> Date: June 4, 2007 10:23:42 AM EDT

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> Subject: TORCHLIGHTS IN ESL - New CAAL Paper

>

>

> MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2007, NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Council for

> Advancement of Adult Literacy today releases TORCHLIGHTS IN ESL:

> Five Community College Profiles. The publication is a supplement to

> PASSING THE TORCH: Strategies for Innovation in Community College

> ESL -- the result of a two-year CAAL study by Forrest P. Chisman

> and JoAnn Crandall, published in March 2007. Both projects were

> made possible by support from the William and Flora Hewlett

> Foundation, Harold W. McGraw, Jr., The McGraw-Hill Companies,

> Inc., the Ford Foundation, and the Dollar General Corporation.

>

> TORCHLIGHTS, 123 pages, gives detailed profiles of the ESL programs

> of each of the five colleges at the heart of CAAL's study. It was

> authored by Elizabeth Zachry & Emily Dibble (Bunker Hill Community

> College, MA), Sharon Seymour (City College of San Francisco, CA),

> Suzanne Leibman (College of Lake County, IL), Sandy Ares & Beth

> Larson (Seminole Community College, FL), and Pamela Ferguson

> (Yakima Community College, WA). The profiles, especially if read

> in conjunction with CAAL's main research report, should be helpful

> to those who design and operate community college ESL programs as

> well as to policy makers and funding agencies. For example, they

> each contain a discussion of the financing and levels of funding

> needed to provide high quality adult ESL services.

>

> The five programs profiled in TORCHLIGHTS offer extraordinarily

> high quality ESL instruction. They are considered exemplary

> according to standards and criteria developed in the CAAL research

> project and as judged by dozens of professionals across the country

> who nominated the programs for inclusion in the study. CAAL

> promised in releasing PASSING THE TORCH that it would publish

> detailed profiles of the programs. The release of TORCHLIGHTS makes

> good on that promise.

>

> The main research report focuses on noncredit ESL services. It

> concentrates on generating learning gains, retaining students, and

> bringing about transitions to future education. Among the effective

> strategies examined are high intensity instruction, learning

> outside the classroom, and the use of "learner-centered"

> curricular. Special attention is given to curricular integration,

> coenrollment, vocational ESL (VESL), 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. Funding and assessment issues are also treated.

>

> To access the free PDF version of TORCHLIGHTS, click on the link

> provided above. Bound copies may be purchased directly from CAAL

> ($25 plus postage and delivery, contact bheitner at caalusa.org for

> ordering instructions). Many other publications from CAAL, and from

> the National Commission on Adult Literacy, are available in PDF

> form at the CAAL web site (www.caalusa.org). All may be used freely

> with attribution.

>

>

>


Gail Spangenberg
President
Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
1221 Avenue of the Americas - 46th Fl
New York, NY 10020
212-512-2362, F: 212-512-2610
www.caalusa.org



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