Adult English Language Education

Non-native speakers of English form a substantial and increasing proportion of the adult population in the United States. According to the American Community Survey, over 20% of U.S. residents now speak a language other than English at home. Immigrant dispersion has expanded from 5 states to 40 states over the past 20 years. Adult non-native speakers thus form a critical segment of the overall adult population.

 As an international leader in the education of adults who are 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 spans all proficiency levels, from ESL in adult basic education through English for business and professional purposes. CAL works with federal, state, and local agencies; institutions of higher education; and non-profit and for-profit private sector organizations to ensure that adults who speak English as an additional language have access to the educational opportunities they need to become fully engaged, empowered citizens.

CAL’s research-to-practice approach ensures that all project work is informed by current information on adult second language acquisition, adult learning outcomes, and best practices in the education of adults. CAL provides multiple forms of technical assistance to ensure that program design, instruction, materials, assessments, and policies all maintain a consistent focus on adult English learners’ success in education, the workplace, and the community. CAL’s experts also develop resources for practitioners and policymakers that are freely available for download.

CAL would be happy to discuss options for addressing the needs of your adult English learners.

Resources, News, and Events

Consumer Protection Websites – Free Online Resources
Consumer Protection Websites – Free Online Resources

CAL worked with the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission to provide support for the English language consumer protection website and a parallel Spanish language site:  www.consumer.gov / www.consumidor.gov Browse ... Read more

Implementing the Common Core for English Learners
Implementing the Common Core for English Learners

The recent initiatives to promote college and career readiness through the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have left K–12 educators with many questions. As educators have examined the standards more ... Read more

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Related Projects

Bienvenidos Project
Bienvenidos Project

Funder: National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA)
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA)

Funder: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) Network
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) Network

Funder: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education

English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS)
English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS)

Funder: U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, National Security Education Program

Federal Trade Commission Accessible Language Projects
Federal Trade Commission Accessible Language Projects

Funder: Federal Trade Commission – Division of Consumer & Business Education

Online Professional English Writing Program
Online Professional English Writing Program

Funder: U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Language and National Security Education Office, via subcontract from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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Services

Improving the Quality of Instruction for Adult English Learners

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.

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