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Web Sites for ESL Teachers
  • Adult Education ESL Teachers Guide
    Written and produced by C. Ray Graham and Mark M. Walsh (Adult Education Center, Texas A&I University), this manual is intended to be a survival guide for newly assigned teachers who have had little or no preservice training in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and who do not have access to such training prior to being assigned. The manual contains a set of beginning lessons and intermediate level lessons which can be used for the first twenty to thirty hours of instruction in your ESL class. These lessons form the basis for the teacher training part of this manual. They are accompanied by detailed instructions which will help to orient you and train you in using the basic techniques for teaching ESL.

  • The Adult Literacy Resource Institute
    The Adult Literacy Resource Institute (A.L.R.I.) is a program and staff development center for adult literacy / basic education and English for speakers of other languages programs in the Greater Boston area. It is part of the Graduate College of Education at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

  • The English as a Second Language (ESL) Starter Kit (PDF)
    This online publication of Virginia Adult Education Resource Center is designed to help teachers and program administrators begin or improve an Adult ESL program, including information on getting organized, assessing students, preparing teachers, understanding adult learners, and planning lessons.

  • English Literacy/Civics Education Demonstration Projects
    The English Literacy/Civics Education grant program is established to support projects that demonstrate effective practices in providing, and increasing access to, English literacy programs linked to civics education (American history, government, and culture).

  • Frontier College: A Toolbox for ESL Tutors
    An Instructional Guide for Teaching English as a Second Language to Newcomers.

  • Literacy List
    Offers links to Adult Literacy/Basic Education and ESL/ESOL Websites, Electronic Lists, Free Internet Resources, MOO's and more.

  • Maryland Adult ESL Program Standards
    The Maryland State Department of Educationís Adult ESL Program Standards are not specific instructional standards, but rather overall guidelines for identifying and improving eight major components of quality adult ESL programs.

  • National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE) Website
    The National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE), an adjunct ERIC clearinghouse at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), is the only national clearinghouse focusing on literacy education, including family literacy, workplace literacy, and native language literacy, for adults and out-of-school youth learning english as a second language.

  • OTAN for Teachers
    The Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) provides electronic collaboration, access to information, and technical assistance for literacy and adult education providers. OTAN is a leadership initiative of the Adult Education Office of the California Department of Education.

  • Teaching and Learning English as a Second Language (ESL)
    An article on using video with adults learning English as a second language (ESL). It provides a rationale for using video with these learners, presents guidelines for selecting and using videos in instruction, discusses some commercial videos used in adult ESL programs, and concludes with a discussion of the future of video use in instruction.

  • Western/Pacific Literacy Network/CNN SF Learning Resources
    The Learning Resources site offers web-delivered instruction using current and past CNN San Francisco bureau news stories. The Western/Pacific Literacy Network and the CNN San Francisco bureau have partnered to develop an online literacy site that benefits all learners and instructors. This material is intended for adult literacy and educational purposes.



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