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Volume 26, No. 3 Summer/Fall 2003

News From Our Partners

News from the National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE)

What Do Beginning Adult ESL Teachers, Tutors, and Volunteers Need to Know?

NCLE's newest FAQ offers resources for new practitioners in adult ESL. The FAQ describes four crucial issues related to teaching adult English language learners—principles of adult learning, second language acquistion, issues related to culture, and instructional approaches that support language development in adults.

Working With Literacy-Level Adult English Language Learners

NCLE's new Q & A describes literacy-level learners, examines the skills they need to develop, and discusses the appropriate scope of literacy-level classes, as well as activities and techniques to support them.

The National Capital Language Resource Center

The Elementary Immersion Learning Strategies Guide

This guide to incorporating learning strategies into an existing immersion curriculum in Grades K-6 includes explicit learning strategy instruction and sample lesson plans and is now available for $13.50. Visit to view sample pages from the guide. To order a print copy of the guide, send a message to

Portfolio Assessment in the Foreign Language Classroom

This free, Web-based tutorial is designed to guide educators in creating and implementing a standards-based, foreign language portfolio assessment tied to their own curricula. The guide is available online.

The Language Resource

Published monthly, this free email newsletter aims to provide practical teaching strategies, share insights from research, and announce professional development opportunities for foreign language educators at all levels. For your free subscription, email

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Assessment Practices
Christine A. Coombe and Nancy J. Hubley, Editors

This volume showcases assessment in its myriad forms: classroom assessment, formal testing, program evaluation, curriculum renewal, and self-assessment of teaching and learning. The studies, set in Egypt, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, and the United States, document and analyze assessment design and development, implementation, and review. This volume will interest teachers, testers, and language educators alike. Available from TESOL.

Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence

Building Partnerships with Latino Immigrant Parents (Practitioner Brief #6)

This brief discusses research findings on Latino immigrant parents’ attitudes toward their children’s education, lessons learned from CREDE projects in which these parents participated, and implications for instruction. This brief is available online.

New Titles in CD-ROM SeriesFive Standards for Effective Pedagogy

These easy-to-navigate CD-ROMs present a research-based pedagogy for professional development. Educators watch classroom footage of exemplary teachers with narration by expert voices. The format allows users to customize their own lessons. Titles in this series are available to order through the CALstore.

National Clearinghouse on English Language Acquisition

Celebrate Our Rising Stars Summit

This year’s summit will feature presentations on standards and sssessment, professional development, research, best practices, grants management, and special sessions for parents, administrators, teachers, and teacher educators on building effective home/school partnerships. See for more information.

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