(Academic, practitioner, and student)
of Research on Reading and Adults Learning English as a Second Language
A bibliography and webliography of research on reading and adults
learning ESL by NCLE.
to Earn, Chance to Learn
This report by Heide Wrigley and Julie Strawn explores ways in which
employment and English language training can be linked for new immigrants
and refugees. It is a good summary of the current state of research
in this area of ESL.
The work of the Changes Project paints a picture of the impact of these three issues on the lives of adult learners at these five programs.
Literacy and Language Minorities in the United States
The report provides an in-depth look at adult residents of the United
States who were either born in other countries or were born in the
United States but spoke a language other than English as young children.
The report explores the English fluency and literacy of this population,
their fluency and literacy in their native languages, and their
employment patterns and earnings.
This quarterly publication of the National Center for the Study
of Adult Learning and Literacy, presents best practices, current
research on adult learning and literacy, and how research is used
by adult basic education teachers, counselors, program administrators,
and policy makers. Full-text versions of all back issues and information
on subscribing are available.
Good Jobs for Adults with Limited English Skills
This 48-page report from the AFL-CIO addresses the issue of workforce readiness among Limited English Proficient adults.
This is the ESL collection of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Adult Basic
and Literacy Educations (ABLE) Learning from Practice Project.
opportunities for practitioners interested in improving teaching
and learning by participating in action research and practitioner
inquiry. Annotations describe the focus of each teachers research.
Mental Health and the ESL Classroom
Produced by the International Institute of Boston, this is a guide to working with refugees, who have experienced the physical and emotional trauma of forced migration, in the classroom.
NCSALL has undertaken the ten research projects listed on this page.
Each project has several studies that build on the same theme.
in sociological context
This study investigated the sociocultural factors which helped shape
a computer-based ESL writing course in a conservative Christian
college, factors which included a complex relationship between teacher,
researcher, and students.
thickens: Beginning level English language learners as strategists
This essay details one teachers efforts to identify and incorporate
low level ESL students learning strategies into her teaching.
The teacher identifies some areas for further research in how language
learning strategies are developed, supported, and used by adult
This site houses the practitioner research reports for the
Virginia Adult Education Research Network.
between reading and speaking skills
Article on the relationship between the development of reading and
speaking skills, especially with adult ESOL learners.
Research Agenda for
This paper outlines a research agenda for the field of adult ESOL.
Research Briefs from CAELA
This is a series of research briefs from The Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA). The briefs summarize different research topics in ESL, and are available in PDF format.
TECH21: The Research Papers
TECH21 is a collaboration among several organizations, with the purpose of advancing knowledge in the use of technology in adult education. This website offers many research papers published as part of TECH21’s studies.
Rhode Island Practitioner Inquiry
These pages compile the reports of practitioner inquiry and research conducted in Rhode Island in 2001-3, almost all of which were conducted in ESOL classrooms. The link above takes you to the 2001 reports. Click here for the 2002 reports.