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English As A Second Language

Turn-Taking and Opening Interactions


This short article is based on a comparative qualitative study examining opening turn-taking practices during peer-to-peer interactions. Drawing on his findings the author provides the rationale...

Toward a New Pluralism in ABE/ESOL Programs: Teaching to Multiple "Cultures of Mind"


This brief describes the results from a one-year study examining the learning and changes that took place in 41 adult ABE/ESOL learners enrolled in "long term" programs. Researchers were...

Teaching Culture in Adult ESL: Pedagogical and Ethical Considerations


This short article reports the findings and implications from an ethnographic study on the appropriateness and use of teaching culture to English as a second language (ESL) students. The study was...

Same Activity, Different Focus


This resource reports on the outcomes of a qualitative research study investigating how beginning language learners negotiate meaning during pair activities. Researchers found that paired...

Real World Research: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Research for Adult ESL


This paper discusses the importance of qualitative and quantitative research and how they can inform the adult ESL field; the authors contextualize this discussion by using the real-life example...

Podcasting: An Effective Tool for Honing Language Students' Pronunciation?


This resource addresses the effect of podcasting as a tool for improving intermediate language learners’ pronunciation skills. The researchers posed four research questions; three questions...

Findings in ESL: A Quick Reference to Findings of CAAL Research on ESL Programs at Community Colleges


This 22-page document concisely summarizes the findings from a study examining the nature and effectiveness of adult education English as a second language (ESL) programs offered at community...

Queens Library Health Literacy Curriculum for ESOL Learners


Written for a library-based class to improve English language skills in the context of learning about health, this can be used in ESOL classes as well. There are beginning and intermediate...


Workplace Instruction and Workforce Preparation for Adult Immigrants


This resource describes and discusses three different workforce preparation venues (workplace classes, vocational classes, Adult ESL classes) for English language learners. The authors address the...

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Workplace Health and Safety ESOL Curriculum

This curriculum offers lesson plans, complete with variation and extension activities, teacher notes, additional resources, and handouts, that focus on safety and health issues that may arise in the...


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