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Recruiting raters for Adult English Literacy Assessment (BEST Literacy) for session at CAL February 21

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is recruiting individuals to rate responses to a writing test for adult learners of English 

Raters will receive $175 for participating in a one-day rating session, in-person at CAL in Washington, DC.


  • Friday, February 21, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Lunch will be provided 


  • CAL, 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC. A five-minute walk from the Tenleytown-AU Metro Station (Red Line)


Free, Leveled Online Libraries: How are teachers using them with students?

Over the past month, I've been alerted to a number of really great, free reading resources that include relevant, non-fiction texts suited for adult learners of all levels. You can read more details about each of them on this blog post from last week. 

The sites mentioned in the blog were:

Helping Businesses Identify Low Literacy

Hi all - My name's Chad Patton with the Literacy Center of West Michigan. I direct a program called Customized Workplace English that provides business ESL and Literacy instruction within a business during times that work well for their employees. We've very well providing contextualized instruction to English Language Learners because they self-identify as having a need for ESL. We have, however, had a harder time recruiting native speakers of English for literacy instruction.

Resource Material

I am hoping someone can help me locate a resource I found somewhere on this site! I came across a table that described the various literacy levels of ELLs, which I would like to copy and keep as a resource. One of the categories was Pre-Literate, which (I believe) described a student who had no literacy training in their first language. This document would be really helpful to me in my own class, but I just can't remember where I first saw it! Can someone direct me to this resource? My lesson to myself : if I even think I might want it, print it right away!

Thanks in advance!

How to Use Comic Strip Making Websites to Enhance Your Teaching

Dear colleagues, 
Just wanted to share my new article, ''How to Use Comic Strip Making Websites to Enhance Your Teaching, at:

literacy, numeracy and health

Hello friends, Some of you may be interested in a recent study by Esther Prins and Shannon Monnat that looks at the links between literacy, numeracy and health with a focus on immigrant groups. You'll find an abstract and a link to the paper, "Examining Associations between Self-Rated Health and Proficiency in Literacy and Numeracy" in the Health Literacy CoP.

I encourage members to share the implications of these findings with the Community.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Teaching math to nonreaders and low level readers

I teach basic math to students with a graded 0-3 math level,  Unfortunately many students have reading levels that correspond with their math levels.  What resources have you found helpful in teaching these students.  Many of the resources that I have encountered either have either to high a reading level or are too "kiddish" for adults.

Tags: math, literacy

An opportunity for advocacy!

Floyd Mayweather, the world's richest and most famous boxer is being publicly mocked around the internet for his inability to read fluently.  This link summarizes the situation.  The incredibly disrespectful embedded YouTube video in that link is at just over 8 million hits since being published last Friday.  

UNESCO study says cell phones can help to improve literacy

"A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high."

"Paris-based UNESCO says 774 million people worldwide cannot read, and most people in sub-Saharan Africa don't own any books but cellphones are increasingly widespread. The report Wednesday by UNESCO says large numbers of people in such countries are reading books and stories on 'rudimentary small-screen devices.' "


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