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The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) program is an intensive program of study for adults who possess a high level of proficiency in a critical language and want to achieve professional proficiency in English.

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Online Financial Literacy Information for People With Limited Literacy

CAL is working with the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission to develop a website that provides essential financial literacy information in language that is accessible to persons with limited literacy. Learn more.

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CAL offers a variety of professional development and technical assistance services for practitioners working with adult English language learners.
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Adult English Proficiency Assessments
Learn more about CAL's assessments for adults learning English.

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CAL continues to make available the CAELA and CAELA Network websites to provide convenient online access to resources from these projects. Click on each logo below to visit these websites.


English Language Learners

Adult English Language Education

As a leader in the education of adult non-native speakers of English, CAL focuses on the language and cultural skills that these adults must develop to succeed in careers, continuing education and the community.

CAL’s expertise in adult second language acquisition, instructional design, teaching methodology, and assessment supports projects in

  • program design, management, and evaluation
  • language needs assessment
  • professional development
  • materials development
  • language proficiency assessment

CAL’s work spans all proficiency levels, from ESL in adult basic education through English for business and professional purposes. We invite you to contact us to discuss ways we can work with you to help adult English learners succeed in the workplace and the classroom.

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CAL offers a variety of professional development and technical assistance services to enable practitioners to improve the quality of instruction offered to adults learning English so they are prepared for college, careers and citizenship. All CAL services build on evidence-based approaches and can be tailored to meet your needs and budget. Learn more.

CAL offers a variety of publications, briefs, assessments, databases, bibliographies, and other resources for professionals serving adult English language learners.

Practitioner Toolkit: Working With Adult English Language Learners

Practitioner Toolkit cover This toolkit provides a variety of materials to help language and literacy instructors who are new to serving adults and families learning English, including a first-day orientation guide, lesson plans, and research-to-practice papers on English language and literacy learning. Learn more.

Digests and Briefs
CAL has been a leader for decades in providing evidence-based resources for practitioners working with adult English language learners. Resources include those from the National Clearinghouse for Literacy Education (NCLE) established in 1989 to the resources and training provided through the Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) and, most recently, the CAELA Network.

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