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Guest Facilitators for Discussion on Content Standards in Adult ESL

The two adult ESL content experts described below were guest faciliators on an electronic discussion that took place on the Adult English Language discussion list, May 21-25, 2007. The discussion list is part of the National Institute for Literacy's Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) and is moderated by staff at the Center for Adult English Language Acquisition at the Center for Applied Linguistics.

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To read a summary of the discussion, click here.

Sarah Young has worked on several K-12 and adult ESL projects at CAL, and also works part-time as an adult ESL instructor in Arlington, VA. Prior to coming to CAL in 2003, she earned an MA in TESOL at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon. Currently, Sarah is dividing her time between the Center for Applied Linguistics assessment team and CAELA activities, providing training and training of trainers in both areas.

Kirsten Schaetzel has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from Boston University and an MATESL from the University of Illinois. Her PhD research centered on an adult literacy project in Bangladesh. She has over twenty years of teaching experience and has worked in teacher training in Singapore, Macao, Bangladesh and the United States. She also has experience in curriculum and materials development, academic literacy and monitoring bilingual and special education programs. She is co-author of Think Your Way to Effective Writing (Pearson/Prentice-Hall).