The New American Horizons Foundation seeks to expand opportunity for immigrants in the United States. To enable immigrants to participate fully in their new society, the Foundation focuses on making English as a Second Language courses more widely available and affordable.
The Adult ESL Training Video Project
A major obstacle to affordable, accessible ESL classes for adult immigrants is the shortage of well-trained ESL teachers. As its first project, the Foundation aims to enhance the development of teachers through the creation of a series of training videos, Teaching ESL to Adults: Classroom Approaches in Action. The project team includes MaryAnn Florez and Betsy Parrish, who are leaders in adult ESL teacher training.
Betsey Parrish was a presenter at NYS Postsecondary Summit in November. Click here to view Summit presentation
In your work with adult English language learners, you may consider questions such as
Practitioner Toolkit: Working With Adult English Language Learners
This toolkit provides a variety of materials to help language and literacy instructors who are new to serving adults and families learning English. Learn more.
The Ohio Board of Regents is creating a data base of stand-alone English literacy/civics (EL/C) lessons ready to download from a central location and use immediately in the classroom. Programs that receive Ohio's EL/C grants funded under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) are required to contribute 10 of their most successful EL/C lessons to the state's library of plans. Nearly 40 lessons currently are organized online around a predetermined list of EL/C objectives. They are based on a standard lesson plan template that includes the Ohio's English language learning standards and benchmarks. Plans are vetted by the Northeast Adult Basic and Literacy Education (NEABLE) Resource Center before they are posted in the EL/C data base on the NEABLE Center's website. Lessons in the database are organized by categories: rights and responsibilities of citizenship, civics participation, and U.S. history and government and citizenship preparation.