ETHN 1900B S01
Community, Language and Literacy: A Practicum

postage stamp

"Fight For Literacy..." (1981) from  Iranian Postage and Commemorative Stamp Gallery [now broken link:] 

readings, online resources for the practicum

Resources for adult basic education/English language and literacy: organizations, clearinghouses

The ERIC Clearinghouse provides a number of brief reports (digests, practice application briefs) related to basic adult education. The Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (formerly the NCLE clearinghouse) provides similar documents, focussing on adult English language.

The New England Literacy Resource Center

another portal to the ERIC database. - information and articles focused on adult education and literacy. Includes lesson, model programs, academic articles, books-in-progress.

Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) The Center for Applied Linguistics is a private nonprofit organization that is made up of a group of scholars and educators who use the field of linguistics to address language related problems. The aim of the center is to promote and improve the teaching and learning of languages, identify and solve problems related to language and culture, and to serve as a resource for information. - multimedia resources, featuring recordings and talks authored by TESOL scholars from around the world.

Literacy WorkInternational - rich resources related to adult and youth literacy, English language and literacy acquisition and policy.

NCELA, the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs (formerly NCBE, the National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement & Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA, formerly OBEMLA) to collect, analyze, and disseminate information relating to the effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in the U.S.

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) - professional advocacy association. Its site has a host of information on teaching strategies, current research, and national and regional conferences that focus on bilingual education.

Maine's Bilingual and ESL Site - Barney Berube, bilingual/ESL specialist, maintains a site that provides valuable information on LAU plans, ESL standards, and best practices in bilingual education.

Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence (CREDE) - information on the education of linguistic and cultural minority students that are placed at risk due to race, poverty, or geographic location. This is a wonderful resource for teachers and administrators interested in serving these children.

Folk Education Association of America seeks to identify, support, and facilitate community-based, learner-led education as a strategic tool for community organizing and democratic social change. IPEA is a membership-based resource network comprised of individuals and organizations throughout North America.

Overview of adult education

general resources

Adult English Language Instruction in the 21st Century - " ...overview of the field of adult English as a secondlanguage instruction in the United States today. First, it places adult ESL in the broader context of the U.S. education system, and then it describes trends and issues in the areas of program design and instructional practice, assessment, teacher training and professsional development, integration of research and practice, and technology. Adult English Language Instruction in the 21st Century, researched and written by NCLE staff members Carol Van Duzer and MaryAnn Cunningham Florez, is available in .pdf format in English or Spanish. "

Principles of adult language and literacy learning - part of the cyberstep project, linking adult learning principles to sepcific examples of web sites/activities/practice.

Adult Learning Principles from the Study Place

Tips for ESOL/literacy teachers from Bringing Literacy to Life by Heide Wrigley and Gloria Guth.

ESL literacy network, an online community of practice that provides resources and information to support the professional development of ESL literacy practitioners.

Adult Learning: An Overview by Stehpen Brookfield

Brookfield's Questions scroll down within the PDF document

Using Adult Learning Principles in Adult Basic and Literacy Education ED425336 Susan Imel 1998

Adult and Continuing Education from -- surprising collection of resources from a relatively mainstream provider; See also About's Adult Basic Education/Literacy sites

Adult Education ESL Teachers Guide - ADULT EDUCATION CENTER TEXAS A&I UNIVERSITY KINGSVILLE, TEXAS Written and Produced by C. Ray Graham and Mark M. Walsh.

Community Learning Network a website offering a collection of learning resource links organized by subject area, theme or area of interest.

Captured Wisdom on Adult Literacy - interactive multimedia resource designed to help inform educators of successful technology integration practices in adult education environments. Captured Wisdom shows innovative, replicable activities, discussed by front-line classroom educators and learners so that other teachers can feel they have had an opportunity to actually visit the classes and chat directly with the learners and teachers about their work.

Demystifying Adult Literacy for Volunteer Tutors - A Reference Handbook and Resource Guide, written by Charlene L. Ball, Produced by Literacy Partners of Manitoba. A reference handbook and resource guide including background information gathered from a variety of different sources in adult literacy, describing various kinds of programs and providing general information about adult literacy and learning.

Bringing Literacy to Life:Issues and Options in Adult ESL Literacy. Wrigley, Heide Spruck; Guth, Gloria J. A. ERIC No. ED348896

readings: diversity, culture

from The Change Agent - working across differences or other articles - on line as PDF document; other issues of the change agent also available at

The Holistic/Rainbow Approach to Aboriginal Literacy - Work in Progress by Priscilla George, Ningwakwe / Rainbow Woman, Chippewas of Saugeen First Nation, Ontario

Refugee Service Center, now the Cultural Orientation Resource Center at the Center for Applied Linguistics

Digests on specific populations - chose two to summarise/discuss.

Focus On Basics, Volume 6, Issue B, focus on "isms"

The Asian American Comic Book 1991, by ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE WORKSHOP and WEN-TI TSEN.

Resources for Anti-Racism Education

Making Connections: Literacy and EAL from a Feminist Perspective, and accompanying resource guides: Anti-racist/Culture-Based approaches and Guided reflections for Facilitators.

one critique of Making Connections

TESOL Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Friends and other caucuses

Latina lesbian bibliography

Adult Education and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Communities Trends and Issues Alert No. 21, by Sandra Kerka, 2001

Special Issue: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and Education Harvard Educational ReviewVolume 66 Number 2, Summer 1996

Sexual Identities in ESL: Queer Theory and Classroom Inquiry, Connie Nelson, (1999), TESOL Quarterly

Bright IdeasVol. 9, No. 3 (Winter 2000), Theme: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Issues in ABE

promoting cultural understanding in the adult ESL classroom; more on stereotypes

unpacking white privilege

Diversity Vs. White Privilege in Rethinking Schools, Volume 15, No. 2 - Winter 2000 / 2001

Unpacking the invisible knapsack by Peggy McIntosh

annual conference on White Privilege

from The Change Agent - working across differences [listed as Diversity], and/or other articles

Culturally Responsive Teaching resources from the Knowledge Loom

readings: participatory practice, classroom approaches

Reading The World Freirean "liberatory education" promotes literacy, empowerment, and the chance to rehearse for social change; An Interview with Klaudia Rivera, by Ruth Pelz. [One of the articles in The Ecology Of Media (IC#23) Fall 1989, Page 42 Copyright (c)1989, 1997 by Context Institute]

Paulo Freire - basic overview and bibliographic references

Rivera, K. M. (1999). Popular research and social transformation: a community-based approach to critical pedagogy . TESOL Quarterly, 33, 485-500; also available in PDF as part of the entire special issue of Tesol Quarterly on Critical Approaches to TESOL.

Adult Education: Social Change or Status Quo? ERIC Digest No. 176.

Popular Education: Adult Education for Social Change ERIC Digest No. 185, Sandra Kerka, 1997

What is Critical Literacy? Ira Shor, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Journal for Pedagogy, Pluralism & Practice,Issue 4 vol.1: Fall 1999

Participatory Literacy Practices: Exploring Social Identity and Relations by Pat Campbell, in Adult Basic Education, Volume 6 Number 3, Fall1996, [ pages 127 - 142]

Beyond facilitation in adult education: power dynamics in teaching and learning practices Juanita Johnson-Bailey and Ronald M. Cervero, University of Georgia, USA;27th Annual SCUTREA conference proceedings 1997, Crossing borders, breaking boundaries : Research in the education of adults.

Civic Participation and Community Action Sourcebook

Instructional approaches from New Zealand's Literacy and numeracy for adults

TESOL Quarterly Special - topic issue: Adult Literacies Volume 27, Number 3, 1993.

Focus on Basics quarterly publication of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy.

Incorporating Student Voice into Teaching Practice. 1999 ERIC Digest by John Kordalewski.

organizations: education, social change

The Right Question Project, a grassroots Somerville, MA-based organization developing and implementing educational and training strategies for people who have traditionally been disengaged from decision-making processes that affect them. Participants acquire concrete analytic and critical thinking skills that allow them to ask 'the right questions' to enable them to advocate for themselves, to participate in decision-making processes that affect them and their families, and to hold those decision-makers and decision-making processes accountable."

classroom resources

resources from NALD, Canada's National Adult Literacy Database - links to a wide range of topics and approaches.

TV411 - stand alone interactive lessons as well as support material for the series of tapes designed for adult literacy learners.

materials/readability for a range of readers; for schools.

Center for Adult English Language Acquisition digests list

L1, L2, Native language literacy

Using L1 in the L2 Classroom,C. William Schweers, Jr. ForumVol 37 No 2, April - June 1999.

Native Language Literacy and Adult ESL Instruction Klaudia Rivera, 1999, NCLE digest

Auerbach, E. 1993. Reexamining English only in the ESL classroom. TESOL Quarterly 27, Volume 1, pp. 9?32; (for the the special TESOL Quarterly volume 27 on ESL literacy); critique of the article

learners, teachers

Beginning ESOL Learners' Advice to Their Teachers by MaryAnn Cunningham Florez in Focus on Basics, Vol 5, Issue A August 2001

film, video

about teaching

New American Horizons - online video teaching/learning demonstrations

about immigrant/refugee life

Taking Root

Nava, Gregory (dir.) Mi Familia (My Family). New Line Cinema (USA); Gregory Nava biography

documentaries and independent films


Fernwood Publishing - Fernwood books address sociological, political, and social work issues, with a particular sensitivity to the concerns of class, race, and gender.

Grassroots Press - teachers' press addressing ABE, ESOL and professional development.

Linmore Publishling - A teachers' press specializing in ESL, adult basic education, literacy, and content area ESL for Secondary and Adult Learners

Peppercorn books and press

Annotated list of ESOL publishers from the National Center for ESL Literacy Education

Let's Get Started - An initial assessment pack for adult literacy programs; information intended to help a tutor get started with a new learner.


ColorLines Magazine Race, Culture, Action

Radical Teacher

The Change Agent

recommended texts

Making Meaning, Making Change , Elsa Roberts Auerbach (McHenry, IL: Delta Systems and the Center for Applied Linguistics, 1992).

Bringing Literacy to Life by Heide Wrigley and Gloria Guth

Talking Shop: A Curriculum Sourcebook for Participatory Adult ESL by Andrea Nash, Ann Cason, Madeline Rhum, Loren McGrail, and Rosario Gomez-Sanford. The book is out of print, but reviews and excerpts are available through a search

A Handbook for ESL Literacy, Jill Bell and Barbara Burnaby, (Ontario: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 1993).

ESL for Literacy Learners - Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks

Adult ESL/Literacy from the Community to the Community : A Guidebook for Participatory Literacy Training Elsa Auerbach (Editor)

Participatory Practices in Adult Education Pat Campbell and Barbara Burnaby, eds. (2001) Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Bell, J. (1991). Teaching Multi-Level Classes in ESL. San, CA: Dominie Press.

supplemental resources

Rhode Island adult education content standards

Massachusetts frameworks - overview, and Framework for Adult ESOL in the state of Massachusetts (a PDF document)

ESOL course notes, part 1

Teach English Abroad: TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification Course


to receive a copy of the syllabus for this course, please contact Janet Isserlis.

February 13, 2014

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