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"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." ― Frank Smith

As an ESOL teacher or program manager, you will want to have the tools to provide up-to-date content with current methodologies aligned with content standards to improve your students' learning. You will find resources that are worthwhile tools for teaching ESOL in this section.

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Distance Learning for English Language Learners
This digital guide offers planning tools, strategies, and resources connected to topics such as offline learning, how to develop language skills online, planning instruction, building partnerships with students and families, and more.

Public Charge Resources for Adult Education
A new federal regulation took effect on February 24, 2020 stating that a person who is deemed likely to become a future public charge can be denied legal permanent residence, also known as a green card. This resource gives an overview of the regulation, provides points of clarification that are specific to adult education, and lists resources where adult educators can find more information when answering student questions regarding public charge.

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albermarle Student Resources
Free online resources that support English language learning.

¡Colorín colorado! is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of bilingual, research-based information, activities, and advice for educators and families of English language learners (ELLs). Colorín Colorado is an educational service of WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation's capital, and receives major funding from the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association.

Atlas (ABE Teaching and Learning Advancement System), housed in the Hamline University School of Education, is funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education to provide high-quality, accessible professional development and resources to advance education for adult learners. The work of ATLAS is evidence-based, practitioner-focused, responsive to the needs of the field, and designed to cultivate professionalism in ABE. See their Transitions Integration Framework, which defines the academic, career, and employability skills essential for adult learners to successfully transition to postsecondary education, career training, and the workplace.

Minnesota Literacy Council partners with hundreds of schools, Adult Basic Education centers and other community organizations to improve literacy programming throughout the state. See their ESL Instructional Support Kits and classroom video demonstrations.

LINCS ESL Pro offers evidence-based resources to enhance the impact of adult English Language Learner (ELL) instruction nationwide and in your community. Each topic-driven suite of resources includes an issue brief, online learning module, and a companion learning resource for educators.

Migration Policy Institute or MPI seeks to improve immigration and integration policies through authoritative research and analysis, opportunities for learning and dialogue, and the development of new ideas to address complex policy questions.

EdTech at World Education supports practitioners in integrating technology into instruction and programs.

U.S. Customs and Immigration Service or USCIS is the official federal government site for immigration and citizenship information and ESL civics instructional resources.

Academic Word List is a site with vocabulary exercises for learning academic vocabulary words.

Links to newspapers the world over. Just in Virginia, there are links to hundreds of current local newspapers, journals, and dailies.

Randall's ESL Listening Lab
Provides hundreds of recordings from a range of topics along with pre-listening exercises, listening exercises, grammar and vocabulary, post-listening exercises for each recording.

Virginia’s Adult Education Content Standards for English for Speakers of Other Languages Instruction

Virginia’s Adult Education Content Standards for English for Speakers of Other Languages Instruction and Complimentary Instructional Resources
The Adult Education Content Standards for English for Speakers of Other Languages Instruction are no longer Virginia's standards for instructing ELLs. Moving forward, we refer to it as a resource document. Please note that NRS descriptors for ESL have been updated, and this document does not reflect these changes. Nevertheless, it remains a valuable resource for instructors and will be maintained on this website.

The Virginia resource document is organized by levels of English language proficiency that range from Beginning Literacy to Advanced. Each level is further organized by language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Within each language skill, benchmarks and progress indicators describe what a learner should know and be able to do in order to texit the level.

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