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"As a field, we have much to gain by acknowledging and including learners of various literacy levels and educational backgrounds, developing theories to account for a broader scope of language learning contexts, designing more fine-grained instruments, and using research methodologies that provide opportunities for participants to produce language that is more reflective of their underlying abilities."

— Pettitt & Tarone, 2015



Zeitschrift für Flüchtlingsforschung (Z‘Flucht) - Die Zeitschrift für Flüchtlingsforschung (Z‘Flucht) ist ein neues peer-reviewed journal, das wissenschaftliche Beiträge aus unterschiedlichsten Disziplinen zu Fragestellungen der Zwangsmigrations- und Flüchtlingsforschung veröffentlicht. Sie erscheint zweimal im Jahr im Nomos-Verlag.

The Journal for Refugee Research (Z'Flucht) is a new peer-reviewed journal that publishes scientific papers from a wide range of disciplines on questions of forced migration and refugee research. It is published twice a year by Nomos-Verlag.

The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy - **New & Forthcoming** ProLiteracy is launching a new online peer-reviewed journal to be published twice a year in partnership with Rutgers University, and in collaboration with journal editors Alisa Belzer, Amy D. Rose, and Heather Brown. Upcoming themes include improving instructional outcomes and integrating technology. For information about submission, please contact the journal editors at

Critical Multilingualism Studies: An interdisciplinary journal - This volume entitled “Languaging as Refuge: Practice Meets Theory” comprises 16 scholarly, creative, public, and multimodal contributions guest-edited by Amanda Marie Shufflebarger Snell and Marianna Pegno. (See Vol 6 No 1, 2018.) From the introduction: “Languaging, creative expression, and theory naturally overlap in the work of practitioners, who often closely encounter the urgencies of flight, migration, refuge and multilingualism” (Snell & Pegno, p. 2). This volume explores languaging in contexts of refuge and migration.




Real World Research: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Research for Adult ESL. by Larry Condelli and Heide Spruck Wrigley (2004). Presented at the National Research and Development Centre (NRDC) Second International Conference for Adult Literacy and Numeracy, Loughborough, England, March 25-27, 2004.



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Educating Refugee-background Students: Critical Issues and Dynamic Contexts

This collection of empirical work by Shawna Shapiro, Raichle Farrelly and MaryJane Curry offers an in-depth exploration of key issues in the education of adolescents and adults with refugee backgrounds residing in North America, Australia and Europe. These studies foreground student goals, experiences and voices, and reflect a high degree of awareness of the assets that refugee-background students bring to schools and broader society. Chapters are clustered according to the two themes of Language and Literacy, and Access and Equity. Each chapter includes a discussion of context, researcher positionality and implications for educators, policy-makers and scholars. 

Bringing Literacy to Life: Issues and Options in Adult ESL Literacy
This book, authored by Heide Spruck Wrigley and Gloria J. A. Guth for the US Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, provides a combination of background information, advice for teachers, and examples of good teaching. A blend of theory and practice, this book is meant to help practitioners and programs make informed decisions about teaching literacy in their own particular context. The ten curriculum modules, written by teachers in the field, are meant to illustrate some of the best practices that adult ESL literacy has to offer. 

The Linguistic Integration of Adult Migrants: Some lessons from research/ L’intégration linguistique des migrants adultes: Les enseignements de la recherche

This volume provides a comprehensive report on a symposium organised by the Council of Europe (Strasbourg) in 2016 in the context of its human rights agenda. Its purpose was to explore some of the ways in which scientific evidence can inform the development and implementation of policy and practice designed to support the linguistic integration of adult migrants.

La présente publication rend compte d’un symposium organisé en 2016 par le Conseil de l’Europe, à Strasbourg, dans le cadre de ses programmes sur les droits de l’homme. L’objectif de ce symposium était d’explorer comment les apports de la recherche scientifique peuvent orienter l’élaboration et la mise en œuvre de politiques et de pratiques destinées à favoriser l’intégration linguistique des migrants adultes.


LESLLA Proceedings

Please visit the Annual Meetings page for proceedings from past LESLLA symposia. 


Annotated Bibliography

People from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds: an open access annotated bibliography

This open access annotated bibliography has been curated by a collective of scholars, headed by Sally Baker of the Refugee Education Special Interest Group in Australia. This group of scholars share an interest in the impacts of forced migration on people from refugee, asylum seeking and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) migrant backgrounds.

These resources are intended to be shared with the international community of researchers, students, educators and practitioners who work with, or are interested in, forced migration, education, employment and resettlement.

This bibliography offers a snapshot of some of the available literature that relates to the following areas of scholarly and practitioner interest:

Refugees and access to, participation in, and transition out of higher education

  • Schooling and refugee youth

  • Adult Education (including learning host language and literacies)

  • Resettlement of refugees and CALD migrants

  • Employment of refugees and CALD migrants in resettlement contexts

  • People seeking asylum in Australia

  • Discourses and media narratives relating to forced migration

  • Methodological and ethical discussions relating to research with refugees

  • Citizenship and refugees


Graduate Dissertations & Theses