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December 2008 www.cal.org/caelanetwork

The Network News is a quarterly
newsletter of the CAELA Network.

In this issue
About the CAELA Network
EL/Civics Online
Technical Work Group
APEC Checklist
Immigrant Road Safety
About Network News

Woman in front of computerNetwork News is published quarterly by the CAELA Network at the Center for Applied Linguistics and is offered free of charge. If you have any questions or if you have information that you would like us to consider including in the newsletter, please contact the editor at mburt@cal.org.

To subscribe to Network News, fill out our online form.

Network News is prepared with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, under Contract no. ED-07-0084.

BulletAbout the CAELA Network

Smiling peopleThe CAELA Network supports English as a second language (ESL) teachers’ efforts to improve learners’ achievement. The CAELA Network helps states increase their capacity to provide more effective professional development to those who teach adult English language learners.

Download the newest CAELA Network briefs.

Using Data to Plan Professional Development for Practitioners Working with Adult English Language Learners

Reflective Practice in the Professional Development of Teachers of Adult English Language Learners

Browse the CAELA Network Web site for more information about available resources.

BulletEL/Civics Online: Integrating EL/CivicsLiberty bell into Adult ESL Classes

This free online professional development resource is available for adult education ESL teachers and volunteers who want to integrate more EL/Civics into their classes.

Tour the Web site.

BulletCAELA Network Technical Work Group Meeting Held

The Technical Work Group (TWG) that guides the work of the CAELA Network met October 16 and 17, 2008, at the Center for Applied Linguistics, in Washington, DC. TWG members include Carla DeBose and Maria Koonce, experts in professional development; Sue Barauski and Brigitte Marshall, experts in program administration; and Martha Bigelow, JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall, and Heide Spruck Wrigley, researchers in English Language and Literacy Development. Brief bios of each of these TWG members may be found in the March 2008 edition of Network News.

BulletAPEC Checklist Aids Selection of English Language Programs

Man speaking to groupHow do students or other interested parties select an English language study program? What are the areas to consider? A checklist for English language programs has been developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) that addresses these questions.Designed for the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation Secretariat (APEC), Singapore, the checklist will be used by member economies to serve the needs of government officials, business people, students, and others seeking to develop language competencies in English. Major areas to consider that are included on the checklist are the type of language program, the process of adult English language acquisition, the teachers in the program, the class composition, the use of English outside class, and the program costs.

The APEC Checklist for English Language Programs is available online.

Also available from CAL is a more detailed Consumer Checklist with background information on English language programs for wise consumer choices

BulletNew Video and Teacher Guide Highlight Immigrant Road Safety

Pedestrian crossing road signThe Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) reports that a disproportionate number of pedestrians killed each year by motor vehicles in the U.S. are Hispanic immigrants. Recognizing that adult English as a second language (ESL) classrooms present unique opportunities to reach out to Hispanic and other newcomers and their families, public safety officials in Montgomery County, Maryland, have developed a 24-minute, 5-module educational video and accompanying Teacher Guide geared toward adult learners. The video presents key safety messages in clear, simple English, reinforced by images of safe behavior in dangerous situations.

Download the free resources at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/walk.

The Center for Applied Linguistics, under a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and in partnership with The ASPIRA Association, recently completed a pedestrian and bicycle safety curriculum for adult learners of English at the intermediate level. Bookmark the CAL Web site for future updates.

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