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Adult ESL Practice in the New MillenniumNew
This document is based on the proceedings of a panel discussion at the National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE) in 2001. Summaries of presentations include the following pertinent issues in ESL, among others: The rights of immigrant workers, ESL and learning disabilities, and the working conditions of ESL teachers.  Note: NCLE is now known as the Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA).

English Literacy and Civics Education for Adult Learners
This Special Policy Update describes the rationale for the EL/Civics Initiative and describes the promising practices of the EL/Civics national demonstration projects that were funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education in FY99. (added 10/10/03)

Let Everyone Participate
The "Limited English Proficiency Executive Order" says that people with limited English should have meaningful access to federally conducted and federally funded programs and activities. This website supports implementation of the Order by providing and linking to information and technical assistance regarding language services for federal agencies, recipients of federal funds, users of federal programs and federally assisted programs, and other stakeholders. (added 10/10/03)

Organizations which Advocate for ABE, Literacy, and ESL/ESOL
Contains description and contact information for organizations across the USA which advocate for adult literacy and ESL/ESOL.

TESOL Advocacy
TESOL Advocacy is a site that contains the latest advocacy news in the field of ESL. It also includes links to two discussion lists, TESOL-Advo and Intl-Advo, for any TESOL member.

The site for all the federal legislative information you can use. Maintained by the Library of Congress, THOMAS is named for Thomas Jefferson. You can learn about the status of particular bills, read laws relating to ESL, and find your Representatives and Senators. There are also links to other governmental agencies.

United States House of Representatives
Keep up-to-date on legislative activities, discover information about potential bills, and find out how to contact your representative. Also includes practical information about the workings of the judicial and executive branches of the government.

United States Senate Home Page
This easy-to-read site includes a tour of the Senate, information about the legislative process, the Senate's current activities and how to contact your senator.

The White House
The White House site provides an easy way to access the different branches of government and federal services. You can download historic national documents, daily press releases, and speeches.