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The CAELA Guide: Acknowledgements

The CAELA Guide for Adult ESL Trainers is a component of the mission of the Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) to help states build their capacity to improve the skills of teachers and administrators in programs serving adults learning English as a second language (ESL). The development of these materials has benefited from the needs and perspectives of knowledgeable, dedicated, and creative people serving adult English language learners across the United States. We appreciate the contributions of the people mentioned below.

The selection of content was guided by CAELA’s Technical Work Group, the needs expressed by the state teams participating in the CAELA state capacity-building initiative, and the issues raised by focus groups and surveys of selected practitioners from across the nation.


CAELA Technical Work Group

Sandra Belitza-Vazquez, New York State Department of Education

Patricia DeHesus-Lopez, Illinois Community College Board

Kathy Escamilla, University of Colorado at Boulder

Miriam Kroeger, Arizona Department of Education

Alberto Leyva, Gwinnett Technical College

Brigitte Marshall, Oakland Adult School

Federico Salas-Isnardi, Texas LEARNS

The CAELA Guide was written by several adult ESL experts.


Information for Trainers

Kirsten Schaetzel “Training Tips” and “Professional Development Models”

Andy Nash “How to Conduct a Study Circle” and “How to Conduct Peer Coaching and Mentoring”

Workshop Modules

Donna Moss “Assessment in the Adult ESL Classroom”

Regina Van Horne “Assessing Learner Needs in the Adult ESL Classroom”

Lori Howard and Jayme Adelson-Goldtstein “Effective Lesson Planning for Adult English Language Learners”

Carol Van Duzer, Miriam Burt, and Lynda Terrill “Teaching Reading to Adult English Language Learners”

Sharon McKay, Julie Mathews-Aydinli, and Joy Kreeft Peyton “Teaching Writing to Adult English Language Learners”

Gretchen Bitterlin, Joy Kreeft Peyton, and Carol Van Duzer “Using the TESOL Program Standards for Program Review and Improvement”

Study Circle Guides

Miriam Burt “Preparing Adult English Language Learners for the Workforce”

Andy Nash “Second Language Acquisition”

Regina Van Horne “Teaching Beginning Levels”

Julie Mathews-Aydinli “Teaching Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation”

How to Use the CAELA Web Site and Resources for the Trainer Lynda Terrill

Each section was reviewed by members of the state teams and piloted by trainers in each of the states. The 24 states that participated in the CAELA project were Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The CAELA Guide was envisioned and guided by Carol Van Duzer, CAELA staff member. She and Joy Kreeft Peyton served as development managers and senior editors. CAELA staff members Miriam Burt, Julie Mathews-Aydinli, Sharon McKay, Joy Kreeft Peyton, Kirsten Schaetzel, Lynda Terrill, Regina Van Horne, and Sarah Young provided ongoing content expertise and editorial assistance throughout successive drafts. Dawn Flanagan provided administrative support throughout the project.


Staff members of the United States Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education—Christopher Coro, Cheryl Keenan, Ursula Lord, Rachael Shaw, and Lynn Spencer—offered their insights and comments as The CAELA Guide developed.

Staff of EEI Communications edited and laid out the manuscript; Amy Fitch proofread and laid out the final product; and Jeannie Rennie, senior editor at the Center for Applied Linguistics, provided direction and guidance.

It is hoped that these contributors have created a document that will fill a need for training materials that support the improvement of teaching English to adult English language learners.