Adult Literacy Resource
This site is the Adult Literacy Resource Institute in Boston.
If you click on "Special Projects," you are linked to a menu of
teaching resources (teaching activities, student writings, and topical
information), including "ESL Homebuying Readiness" projects; "Virtual
Visits" to such places as a 19th century cotton mill,
the MA State House, and a computer store; "Health and Literacy"
projects; and "Technology" projects.
American Association of Intensive
The American Association of Intensive English Programs is a professional
organization for schools in the U.S. that provide English language
training. It has outlined a set of standards that describe good
practices in program development and implementation.
American Educational Research Association
The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a professional
membership organization, strives to improve the educational process
by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education. AERA offers
a comprehensive program of scholarly publications, training, fellowships,
and meetings to advance educational research, to disseminate knowledge,
and to improve the capacity of the profession to enhance the public
CASAS, a national organization focused on adult education and training
systems, provides tools and resources for assessment, instruction
and evaluation. CASAS is approved and validated by the U.S. Department
of Education in the area of adult literacy. The site describes the
various systems and training available through CASAS.
& Naturalization Service
This is the official site for the INS. You can download
forms, research regulations, and read the latest immigration-related
League of Women Voters
A voter education and information web site that includes voter registration
information in English and Spanish, as well as excerpts from the
League of Women Voters' 'Get Out the Vote Kit.'
Although this site is established primarily as a local (New
York City) resource, referral center, and hotline and to provide
information about LAC events and services, it's also a great site
for information and links of more global interest. In addition to
providing web-based access to LAC print publications, Curriculum
guides and reports, this site offers extensive lists of web links
in areas such as: literacy/ESOL instruction, literacy organizations,
technology, funding/grants, LD, multicultural resources, youth and
family services as well as links to website evaluation and construction.
Resources Center of Rhode Island
The ESOL page at Literacy Resources/Rhode Island is a loosely organized
collection of resources about ESOL, immigration, and other issues
of relevance to immigrants and ESOL teachers. Kinds of resources
you can find on this site include: teaching activities, ESOL learning
theory and research, education and immigration policy, publications,
and organizations (such as the Immigration History Research Center).
This site is a gateway to the broader context in which we do the
work of teaching and learning English.
National Association for Bilingual
The mission of this 30-year-old, Washington DC-based organization
is to benefit the education of language minority students in American
schools. Although this means their focus is on K-12 education, some
of the issues (such as multiculturalism) could apply also to adult
education. They host a major national conference each year in February,
which does include workshops on adult and vocational education.
National Center for ESL Literacy
Education (NCLE): The National Center for ESL Literacy Education
(NCLE), a national information center focusing on the language and
literacy education of adults and out-of-school youth learning English,
works to support those providing such services. For over ten years,
NCLE has provided information on adult ESL literacy education to
teachers and tutors, program directors, researchers, and policymakers
interested in the education of refugees, immigrants, and other U.S.
residents whose native language is other than English.
National Council of Teachers of English
This site for (mainstream) English teachers lists their annual convention,
their many conferences and regional affiliate conferences all over
the U.S. Although they don't focus on ESL issues, many issues such
as learning strategies and the teaching of writing do overlap. (The
site also has a great online catalog of educational literature.)
National Womens History
NWHP is a non-profit educational organization committed to recognizing
and celebrating the diverse and significant historical accomplishments
of women by providing information
and educational materials and programs. NWHP is the sponsor
of National Women's History Month. March 8 is International
of Vocational and Adult Education,
U. S. Department of Education
The OVAE website has information, research, and resources to help
prepare young people and adults for postsecondary education, successful
careers, and productive lives.
ProLiteracy America, the largest adult literacy organization in
the United States, was established in October, 2002, with the merger
of Laubach Literacy and Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. ProLiteracy
Americas 1200 affiliates are represented in all 50 states and the
District of Columbia.
ProLiteracy Worldwide is represented in 45 developing countries
as well as in the U.S. and serves more than 350,000 adult new learners
around the world each year. Its purpose is to sponsor educational
programs and services to empower adults and their families by assisting
them to acquire the literacy practices and skills they need to function
more effectively in their daily lives and participate in the transformation
of their societies.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is the
nations largest ESL organization for instructors and administrators.
TESOL is a membership organization, and the organizational web site
contains information about all of TESOLs services, including
publications, model standards, advocacy, and professional development