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Welcome to the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) resource page of our website. Hopefully, you will find the information that you are looking for, or the links that will take you to it, right here.

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Building Basics
Building Basics is a multi-level curriculum for teaching ESOL within the context of the construction trades. It has been organized into four modules General Construction, Curb Appeal (Landscaping), Painting, and Plumbing. These lessons provide a facilitator guide with step-by-step instructions for implementation, facilitator materials, and learner handouts.
CAL Practitioner Toolkit
Working with Adult English Language Learners is designed to give support to adult education and family literacy instructors who are new to serving adult English language learners and their families in urban, rural, and faith- and community-based programs.
The Center for Adult English Language Acquisition
The CAELA site provides many resources and information about teaching ESOL.
Civics and Citizenship Toolkit
USCIS offers a free Civics and Citizenship Toolkit to community organizations that assist immigrants aspiring to become U.S. citizens. The toolkit provides educational materials that focus on both naturalization and civics.
The Economic Mobility Corporation (Mobility)
A non-profit organization focused on programs and policies that increase economic opportunities for lower-skilled workers, is pleased to share its new report, Sound Investments: Building Immigrants’ Skills to Fuel Economic Growth.
Low-educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition for Adults
The LESLLA site provides resources about teaching literacy level students, current research studies, and information on its conferences and publications.
LINCS Special Collection for ESL
This is a one-stop electronic gateway to specialized information on high-quality literacy practices and materials for use in adult education and literacy programs.
Money Talks
Money Talks is a comprehensive, multi-level resource for teaching financial literacy to adult ESOL students that can be used and adapted to fit a wide range of learning situations.
The Pew Hispanic Center
For detailed reports on immigration.
REEP – Arlington Education and Employment Program
This portal provides resources, lessons, and curriculum guides to learners and educators in ESOL.
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
This is the official site of the international organization dedicated to the teaching of English to non-native speakers.
Teaching Reading to Adult English Language Learners
This 15-hour training will acquaint participants with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to teach reading effectively to adult, nonnative speakers of English. (.pdf)

Grant Resource

Survey of Virginia Foreign Born Population
The Survey of Virginia Foreign Born Population contains pertinent data on the foreign born in each of 22 regions in Virginia.
TESOL Awards and Grants

Teacher/Learner Resources

Activities for ESL Students
Education World: ESL/EFL
ESL Study Hall
ESOL Main Street
ESL: Idiom and Slang
Instructional Materials in ESL
Karin's ESL Partyland
Randall's ESL Listening Lab
Resources for the frustrated teacher
Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students
TESL Lessons
TESL Journal's Links for Students
TESL Journal's Links for Teachers
TOEFL Online
Writer's Workshop: Resources for Students and Teachers of English as a Second Language

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