Adult ESL Resource Database

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The Adult ESL Resource Database provides annotated references (with links to the full text whenever possible) for documents useful to practitioners working with adult English language learners. Selected resources in the database have been externally reviewed and approved for inclusion in the LINCS English Language Acquisition Resource Collection, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Adult & Vocational Education (OVAE).

Start your search by entering the keyword(s) into the Search field and clicking on the Search button. You can view additional detail about a particular entry by clicking on the entry title. Tip: You can sort the entries ascending or descending by clicking on the column headers, i.e. Title, Authors, or ItemID.

The Adult ESL Resource Database was developed with funding from U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). The Center for Applied Linguistics is continuing to make this resource available for the field and is developing methodologies to provide periodic updates.


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"I was bitten by a scorpion": Reading In and Out of School in a Refugee's Life.Loukia K. Sarroub, Todd Pernicek, and Tracy Sweeney0173 
"I'm Tired. You Clean and Cook." Shifting Gender Identities and Second Language Socialization. Daryl Gordon0050 
"One Day I Will Make It" A Study of Adult Student Persistence in Library Literacy ProgramsKristin E. Porter, Sondra Cuban, John P. Comings0083 
A case study of parental behaviors in an English language learner community technology literacy lab setting and the extension of the behaviors in the home.Jenny Lea Preston0045 
A Comparison of Native and Nonnative English Speaking Teachers’ Beliefs about Teaching English as a Second Language to Adult English Language Learners.Rosemaria Maum0129 
A Formative Experiment Investigating Literacy Engagement Among Adolescent Latina/o Students Just Beginning to Read, Write, and Speak English.Gay Ivey and Karen Broaddus0203 
A Guide for Providers: Engaging Immigrant Seniors in Community Service and Employment Programs.Senior Service America and Center for Applied Linguistics0249 
A Human Capital Concern: The Literacy Proficiency of U.S. Immigrants.Andrew Sum, Irwin Kirsch, Kentaro Yamamoto0020 
A kaleidoscope of diversity: the convergence of ESL and ALBE [Adult Literacy and Basic Education].Liz Suda0027 
A New Communication Order: Researching Literacy Practices in the Network SocietyIlana Snyder 0095