TEFL Certificate Program - EL816

course readings, weekly focus, assignments

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 NCLE) clearinghouse provides similar documents, focussing on adult English language.

National Center for Adult Literacy - 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.

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.

PSYCHOLINGUISTICS - a collection of writings about language acquisition, learning and instruction

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.

The Institute for People's Education and Action 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

Learning Strategies from the Study Place.

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

Adult Learning: An Overview by Stehpen Brookfield

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

TEFL Methodology Index - Approaches & Methods in Second Language Teaching

Adult and Continuing Education from About.com -- 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.

Adult ESOL Instructional Improvement - online inservice course for Florida practitioners; open (without credit) to all.

Community Learning Network

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.

readings: diversity, culture

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

Intercultural issues, ideas - publications

Refugee Service Center, Center for Applied Linguistics

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 - by Members of the Boston Anti-Racism Study Circle

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 Caucus (LGBTF)

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

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

online resources for promoting cultural understanding in the adult ESL classroom

unpacking white privilege

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

another version of the invisible knapsack; see also google search "invisible knapsack" for more

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

Symposium: Ethnicity and EducationHarvard Educational ReviewSummer 1997 Issue

Special Issue on Immigration and EducationHarvard Educational ReviewFall, 2001; including full text of Globalization, Immigration, and Education: The Research Agenda MARCELO M. SUÁREZ-OROZCO , Harvard University, Volume 71 Number 3 (pp. 345-365).

Eliminating Ableism in Education Thomas Hehir, Harvard Educational ReviewVolume 72, Number 1, Spring 2002.

Culturally Responsive Teaching resources from the Knowledge Loom

excerpts from Lost in Translation by Eva Hoffman. (click on the book image - "look inside").

readings: participatory practice

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

New Teacher Toolkit Section 2: Principles of Adult Learning 2-2: The Adult Learner in a Participatory Learning Environment Emily Miller Payne

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

Professional Connections - the Australian National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research's national professional development website for teachers in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) - and for adult TESOL, literacy and vocational education  professionals as well.

Focus on Basics " quarterly publication of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy. It presents best practices, current research on adult learning and literacy, and how research is used by adult basic education teachers, counselors, program administrators, and policy makers. Focus on Basics is dedicated to connecting research with practice, to connecting teachers with research and researchers with the reality of the classroom, and by doing so, making adult basic education research more relevant to the field."

Ethnography for classrooms: constructing a reflective curriculum for literacy, Mary Hamilton, Curriculum Stuides, Volume 7, Number 3, 1999.

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

Icebreakers, community builders (with thanks to The People's School for this site.

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

Daily Lives, in Making Connections: Literacy and EAL From a Feminist Perspective1996, CCLOW

1- language.com online language learning site, with multiple components

EFL4U.com EFL lesson plans and resources; (commercial site), but with some free samples

Churchill House School of English language courses - UK based school, including free online learning component.

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

Literacy Resources/RI's ESOL page

lesson plans and activities - compilation of ESL and EFL sites

The Cook's Thesaurus, cooking encyclopedia covering thousands of ingredients and kitchen tools. Entries include pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions.

Four by Four Thematic Planning: Model Activities for Language Learner Levels, Compiled by Jill Kerper Mora

An Introduction to Syllabus Design and Evaluation byRoberto Rabbini.


Tefl-magic.com - resources for TEFL teachers

Online resources for TEFL teachers from the US Department of State

The Study Place - "a Web-based authoring tool that offers adult educators a simple way to create and deliver online learning activities to their adult learners. Learners can access The Study Place Web site either as part of a class or as independent self-directed learners. Once there, they can use any of the high quality, multimedia learning activities that teachers have created."

Using Inexpensive Technologies to Promote Engaged Learning in the Adult Education Classroom - links to information about and access to web sites utilizing low and no-cost resources for learners.

English Club.com - lesson plans and other resources for students and teachers.

TOEFL preparation web site

lesson presentation elements

evaluating materials

Vance Stevens's list of web sites for ESL learning and discovery

ESL Materials Evaluation Rubric

see also google search: ESL materials + evaluation and google search: EFL materials + evaluation

ESL teachers board - job board and resource center

TEFL.com database of EFL jobs; one of many many sites found through a google search for "TEFL".

TEFL in Prague - TEFL Certification, TEFL online and TEFL certificate

Boston Language Institute international TEFL/TESL Certificate.

Digests from the Center for Applied Linguistics (short reports highlighting topics of interest in foreign language education, ESL, bilingual education, and linguistics. Digests synthesize current research, review the literature, describe teaching methods and program models, and offer practical ideas for teachers and others)and a list of digests

Second Language Teaching Methodologies Sally Morrison, ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics

Teaching English Abroad:An Introduction Don Snow, Amity Foundation, Overseas Coordination Office.

Trauma and the Adult English Language Learner by Janet Isserlis(2000, Digest)

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

Auerbach, E. 1993. Reexaming English only in the ESL classroom. TESOL Quarterly 27, Volume 1, pp. 9–32;

learners, teachers

Learner Generated Materials Every Day - basic overview of generating and utilizing Language Experience Approach writing with basic level learners

film, video

Taking Root - and http://www.takingroot.org

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

report on one RI practitioner's experience with using video, along with links to related video resource sites


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

The Change Agent

Too Much (United for a Fair Economy)

Preparing Secondary Education Teachers to Work with English Language Learners: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Other Colors: Stories of Women Immigrants Martin, Rachel: Teacher's Guide, 1996 Schreiber, Tatiana: Radio Project, 1994

questions about this site? please contact Janet Isserlis

October 6, 2009

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