Low Educated Second Language and Literacy (LESLLA) For Adults


The following Web sites are listed in alphabetical order by country name. Additional links to helpful literacy websites may be added. Please submit your website ideas to one of the LESLLA members found on the Contact Us page.


ACAL – The Australian Council for Adult Literacy promotes adult literacy and numeracy policy and practice. The Web site provides information and links to publications, state sites, other links, and interactive live webpages for information exchange. (http://www.acal.edu.au)

ALNARC -The Adult Literacy and Numeracy Australian Research Consortium represents a national collaboration between five university-based research centres. Major features of consortium activity have been the development of a 'visible culture' of research in Australian adult literacy and numeracy - including research conversations, increased documentation of research projects, sponsoring practitioner researchers to investigate their own practice, and collaboration with state literacy and numeracy councils to foster debate about the links between research policy and provision. (http://www.staff.vu.edu.au/alnarc/)

Indigenous Learners and Language - The mission of this website is "improving the educational outcomes of Indigenous students through a focus on the Aboriginal English/ESL interface." The site offers information, publications, studies and research, teaching resources and ideas, and other links. (http://www.tesol.org.au/esl/index.html)

NCELTR - The National Centre for English Language Teaching & Research is the centre for English language at Macquarie University. The Resource Centre offers bibliographies and research guides including a bibliography of resources for teaching adult literacy. (http://www.nceltr.mq.edu.au/)

SAALT - Suppoprting Adult & Applied Learning & Teaching delivers professional development and projects which support adult and applied learning and teaching. The site offers professional development resources, information, readings, and additional links. (http://www.saalt.com.au/links.html)


Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks - The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks is the centre of expertise in support of the national standards in English and French for describing, measuring and recognizing second language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada. (http://www.language.ca)

NALD - The National Adult Literacy Database Inc. is a Canadian-based, federally incorporated, non-profit service organization that fills the need for a single-source, comprehensive, up-to-date and easily accessible database of adult literacy programs, resources, services and activities across Canada. It also links with other services and databases in North America and overseas. (http://www.nald.ca/)


UNESCO - Founded in 1945, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is today composed of 191 Member States. UNESCO deploys its action in the fields of Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, Communication and Information. Goal 4 of UNESCO is to Improve Adult Literacy by 50 Per Cent-this goal calls for a certain level of improvement in adult literacy by 2015 - it says that it should be 50 per cent better than it was in 2000. The needs of women should receive particular attention. In addition, all adults should have opportunities to go on learning throughout their lives. (www.unesco.org)

LIAM (Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants) provides useful resources from EU countries on policies and practices for linguistic integration throughout Europe.


Language Integration for Immigrants and Migrants provides access to Open Hellenic University's postgraduate program on Language education for Immigrants and Migrants.

United Kingdom

TLANG (Translation and Translanguaging) is an interdisciplinary research program to develop new understandings of multilingual interaction in cities in the UK, and communicate these to policy-makers and communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA) - NATECLA is the national forum and professional organization for ESOL practitioners in the United Kingdom. Individual members work in colleges, adult education centers, and in the community as teachers, managers, examiners and assessors, inspectors, and teacher trainers. For over 26 years NATECLA has shared expertise and participated in new developments in this specialized field. NATECLA holds an annual conference, which has been an established event in the ESOL calendar for many years. (http://www.natecla.org.uk)

NIACEThe National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education is a non-governmental organisation in the UK working for more and different adult learners. NIACE both represents and advances the interests of all adult learners and potential learners – especially those who have benefited least from education and training. (http://www.niace.org.uk/)

NRDC – The National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy is a national centre dedicated to conducting research and development projects in the fields of adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL. The UK-based NRDC is a consortium of partners, who are specialists in the fields of literacy, numeracy and ESOL. (http://www.nrdc.org.uk/index.asp)

United States

ESL Literacy for Beginners – This US site was created for teachers of beginning ESL literacy students. 40+ teaching activities and resources are arranged by topic. The preliteracy page is designed for students who are preliterate and low-literate learners in their first language. The high beginner page provides exercises for advanced beginning literacy learners and students who learn at a faster pace. (http://home.earthlink.net/~brekkmail/index.html)

CAELA – The Center for Adult English Language Acquisition was created to help states within the US to build their capacity to promote English language learning and academic achievement of adults learning English. This federally funded website provides an ESL resource database, which categorizes and annotates over fifty documents of interest to teachers, administrators, students, and researchers interested in adult ESL. When available, the database links directly to documents online. In addition, the site provides a web page on statistics and data related to adult English language learners and is currently developing a set of annotated links that deal specifically with research in adult ESL and adult education. (http://www.cal.org/caela/)

Glossary of Second and Primary Language Acquisition Terms This is a useful list of terms and definitions used by ESOL/ESL/ELL teachers, teacher trainers, and researchers. (http://www.earthrenewal.org/secondlang.htm)

The Literacy List – This website contains a large collection of free Adult Basic Education and English language ELL/ESL/ESOL Web sites, electronic discussion lists (“listservs”), and other Internet resources for adult basic skills learners, teachers, and tutors. The resources have been suggested by adult literacy and ELL practitioners. (http://alri.org/literacylist.html)

The Minnesota ? Wisconsin TESOL Journal – is an online journal with relevant articles for LESLLA teachers and researchers. The 25th anniversary volume includes articles that concentrate on an overview of research-based methods for teaching ESL students with low levels of literacy, a report on a year-long research study on teaching learning strategies to students with low levels of literacy, and several reviews of materials for low-literacy students. (http://www.minnewitesoljournal.org)

MPIMigration Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank based in Washington, DC dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide. The organization's website houses the Migration Information Source, an online database that offers current and authoritative data on international migration, as well as analysis from migration experts around the world. (http://www.migrationpolicy.org/about; http://www.migrationinformation.org/datahub)

NCSALL - The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy is a US-based, federally funded research and development center focused solely on adult learning. NCSALL's efforts are dedicated to improving practice in educational programs that serve adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma. (http://ncsall.net)

The Talloires Network of Tufts University is a collective of individuals and institutions committed to promoting the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. (http://www.tufts.edu/talloiresnetwork)

Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center (VALRC) The VALRC provides adult education and literacy resources, publications, and training for teachers of adults in Virginia. (http://www.valrc.org/)

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