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Adult ESL Fact SheetsNew
This site provides links to four important areas in ESL practice and policy: assessment, family literacy, professional development, and use of technology.  Each link, updated in 2004, offers a concise overview of key issues and trends in that area and offers references and links to additional resources.

Adult Literacy Education Wiki
The ALE Wiki is intended to be “an electronic reference shelf.” A Wiki is an easily updated website that can be changed by any participant. The goal is for practitioners to easily find materials that are organized around specific research topics and questions. You’ll need a free account to add to the ALE Wiki. The Wiki will grow as documents and postings are added over time.

Census Bureau
This is the official web site for the Census Bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce. You can find a wealth of data about the people and economy of the United States, including a population clock for the United States and the world.

Resources for Data and Statistics
NCLE has compiled a list of sites that provide data related to the field of adult ESL and the populations that it serves.

Statistics from the National Center for ESL Literacy Education
This Frequently Asked Questions sheet gives an overview of the most commonly requested statistics in the field of ESL. Nearly 1,700,000 adults received ESL instruction in federally funded programs in 1999, representing 47% of the total adult education enrollment.

NIFL ESOL Fact Sheet
This fact sheet, compiled by the National Institute For Literacy, has statistics about the need for ESOL instructions and the programs that provide instruction.