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March 2010

Spotlight on States
Online Resources
ESL Resource Database
Conference Update
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BulletSpotlight on CAELA Network States

USA mapCAELA Network states are creating and enhancing their professional development systems for adult ESL practitioners through a range of data-driven initiatives. State Web pages highlight each state’s activities and desired outcomes, provide state contact information, and link to resources and tools that have been developed.

The CAELA Network Web site provides an interactive map that links to profiles of the work CAELA Network is doing with each of the 12 participating states. Now available: Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Texas, and Virginia. Profiles for: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Utah are soon to be available.

Meeting the Needs of Experienced Teachers – Spotlight on South Carolina
South Carolina (SC) has experienced unparalleled immigrant growth in the last decade. Most of the newcomers have come from Latin American countries. In 2005, the SC department of adult education rose to meet the need for trained English as a second language (ESL) practitioners by creating a 45-hour professional development course, “Teaching English Literacy to the Adult Learner” (informally known as “ ESL Academy”). Since then, this course has prepared many adult educators across the state to teach adult English language learners.

Now the state will be able to provide additional training. Teachers who have already completed the first academy can attend "ESL Academy 2," which will be delivered for the first time in September, 2010. Academy 2 topics are based on ongoing professional development needs analysis, teacher input, and recommendations from Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) staff working with the SC state team through the CAELA Network project. In the spring, 2010, SC adult ESL professionals and CAL staff will develop a curriculum and related professional development materials for “ESL Academy 2,” on topics such as second language acquisition, grammar instruction, speaking/listening instruction, reading/writing instruction, and program management.

Coming Soon: Professional Development for Experienced Teachers Working With Adult English Language Learners, a CAELA Network brief, will be available in the spring, 2010.

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Framework coverFramework for Quality Professional Development for Practitioners Working With Adult English Language Learners
Updated Framework Now Available online

Responding to feedback from the Technical Work Group and the field, the CAELA Network has updated the Framework for Quality Professional Development for Practitioners Working With Adult English Language Learners to underscore that the purpose of professional development is to improve student learning and to highlight the importance of preparing adult English language learners to transition to career or postsecondary education.

Education for Adult ELLs coverEducation for Adult English Language Learners in the United States: Trends, Resources, and Promising Practices


This online publication has been updated to help practitioners improve services for adults learning English by describing the current state of education for these learners with a focus on topics such as instructional programs that serve adult English language learners, professional development for teachers of this population, and future directions in English literacy education and lifelong learning. A print version for ease of use and reference is also in development and will be available in the spring, 2010.

Haitians report coverResources about Haiti available online
In response to recent requests for resources about Haiti, the Center for Applied Linguistics has made available the following resources: A culture profile titled The Haitians: Their History and Culture and a Haitian-Creole phrasebook. View the resources.


Man in front of computerBriefs From CAELA Network
The following briefs are available for program managers.

Browse the complete collection of briefs.

BulletESL Resource Database

Hand on mouseAdult ESL professional developers, trainers, and state staff need resources that help them deliver high-quality, evidence-based trainings and sustained follow-up activities. The ESL Resource Database includes over 270 documents of interest to teachers, administrators, students, and researchers interested in education of adult English language learners and links directly to most of the resources online.

Read External Reviews
In cooperation with the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL), selected resources from the ESL Resource Database have been externally reviewed and approved for inclusion in the Institute's LINCS English Language Acquisition Resource Collection.

One resource is the brief, Adult ESL Teacher Credentialing and Certification. This brief contains information about how states credential teachers and provide credit for professional development offered to practitioners working with adults learning English. The brief contains a chart of the educational and professional development requirements for each of the 50 states for practitioners working with adults learning English. The National Institute for Literacy has reviewed the brief.

BulletUpcoming Conferences

The following conferences may be of interest to practitioners working with adult English language learners.




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