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Breaking the language barriers: The report of the working group on English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

The Web site describes Breaking the Language Barriers: "The report addresses the needs of adults who, because it is not their first language, need to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. It is estimated that there are between a half and one million such adults. They are not a homogeneous or static group but a diverse and dynamic one which encompasses both long settled minority ethnic communities and groups of refugees who have arrived in this country more recently." The Web site also includes extensive available links, resources, materials that cluster around the many concerns related to asylum worldwide—not just in the USA.

California's Committment to Adult English Language Learners: Caught Between Funding and Need

Written by Arturo Gonzalez and published in 2007 by the Public Policy Institute of California, "This report examines whether the funding formula for adult schools can meet the changing language needs of the state's immigrant population." (p. 4) The report includes chapters on research goals (e.g., "What is the policy background for the provision of ESL courses in California?", "How has the ESL target population changed throughout the state since 1980?" (p. 19)), on the policy context for adult education in California, on the English language proficiency of California immigrants, on enrollment in programs, and on policy implications. The report also includes appendices on data and methods and estimates and results of the study.

From 'There' to 'Here': Refugee Resettlement in Metropolitan America

This September 2006 report is part of the Living Cities Census Series of the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution. This report by Audrey Singer and Jill H. Wilson provides historical background about refugee resettlement as well as findings such as that the leading destinations for refugees has shifted from the more traditional gateways (e.g., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago) to other metropolitan areas such as Seattle, Atlanta, or Portland, Oregon. The paper includes figures, tables, and appendices the illustrate demographic change.

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