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Transitioning English Language Learners

The resources on this page pertain to adult English language learners and the support necessary for their successful transition into adult basic education programming.

Transitions integration framework designed to provide guidance to adult basic education (ABE) programs and instructors on the effective integration of transitions skills into instruction at all levels of ABE.

ABE and Adult ESOL: What's the Difference? Special Characteristics of Adult English Language Learners (word document); paper by Heide Spruck Wrigley enumerating the distinctions

Creating a Successful ESL to ABE Transition Class by David Borden and Debbie Talavera; Literacy Links, Volume 11, No. 1, April 2007

The Transition from Adult Literacy ESL Programs to Academic Reading and Writing: Next Steps for English Language Learners (2005) by Lisa Gardner Flores, and Dominique T. Chlup, Director

How Should Adult ESL Reading Instruction Differ from ABE Reading Instruction? (scroll down)

Promoting Learner Transitions to Postsecondary Education and Work: Developing Academic Readiness Skills From the Beginning Betsy Parrish and Kimberly Johnson, March 2010

Supporting Adult English Language Learners' Transitions to Postsecondary Education

Model ESL Transitional Demonstration Programs

American Institutes for Research: Transitioning English Language Learners annotated bibliography, January, 2009

powerpoint presentation of initial work on AIR's TELL research project

Teaching Learners what reading is all about - NCSALL seminar; useful reminders for ESOL and ABE practitioners about reading and its relationship to supporting academic learning for ESOL and ABE learners.

Next Step to Transition from ESOL to Other Educational Programs: Seminole Community College (PDF file)

Transitioning Adult ESL Learners to Academic Programs ERIC digest (also available here

about those tests: links to information about accuplacer tests, practice tests:

Red Rocks Community College accuplacer links and transitions list

(available to order at cost from the Illinoise Service Center Network and the Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse

The ICCB Transitions Study and Literature Review will provide an overview of adult education student transitions. Transitioning, defined here as moving students through adult education toward post-secondary education, traning, and employment, prepares adult students to compete in an increasingly complex high-tech workplace. In this study, the Illinois Serfvice Center Network researched the literature and compiled best practices and programs that created successful transitions for adult education students. The report features program models, best practices, guidance for decision making, and recommendations at the state and program levels.

The Transition Resources for Adult Educators CD accompanies the ICCB Transitions Study and Literature Review. The CD includes literature reviews in the transition areas of ABE to ASE, ASE to Postsecondary, ASE to the Workforce, and ESL. Users are able to access the articles reviewed via direct link and need not be connected to the Internet to view the PDF documents.

National College Transition Network resources for ELL and other learners transitioning from adult education contexts to higher education/college.

online course for learners from North Carolina's Adult Basic Skills Professional Development: NC Transitions. The course profiles best practices in transitions at 6 North Carolina Community Colleges who have been involved in the Breaking Through initiative. The course is free and does not require a username or password.

last updated December 6, 2015

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