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English for Specific Purposes (ESP)  English for Specific Purposes (ESP) refers to situations where technical English is taught for use in the professions, science, or for vocational needs...  
English Language Learners (ELL)  English Language Learners (ELLs) are students whose first language is not English and who are in the process of learning English....  
English Literacy and Civics Education (EL Civics)  To effectively participate in education, work, and civic opportunities in this country, immigrants and other limited English proficient persons must not...  
English Literacy Program (ELP)  A program of instruction designed to help individuals of limited English proficiency achieve competence in the English language....  
ESL Needs Assessment   A needs assessment identifies the learner’s background, interests, goals, and immediate needs....  
ESL Skills Assessment   A skills assessment shows the learner’s current English-language listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities....  
Foundation for Educational Technology   Foundation for Education Technology (FET) distributes educational material to California Community Adult Schools in conjuction with the Los Angeles Unified...  
Grammar-Translation Approach   The grammar-translation approach is the historically dominant method of second language teaching in school. Students were expected to memorize vocabulary...  
Idioms   Idioms are groups of words or a phrase that mean something different from what the individual words might suggest. Examples: "a piece of cake": very...  
Information Gap   Information Gap activities require learners to use their English language skills to share information to complete a task--a true communicative task. The...  
Information Grids   Information Grid activities are interactive. They involve learners in purposeful classroom communication which they can apply to practical tasks in the...  
Intergenerational Literacy   Family literacy has traditionally described the use of literacy within the context of the family, often as related to early childhood development and...  
Intonation   Intonation is the use of pitch to convey meaning. An example is the difference in the ending of a sentence that is a question such as: Did you get the...  
Jigsaw Activity   It is a cooperative learning lesson design that takes the place of a lecture. A class is divided into teams. Each team has a piece of the information...  
Learner Persistence   Adults staying in programs for as long as they can, engaging in self-directed study or distance education when they must stop attending program services,...  
Learner Web   The Learner Web is a learning support system for adults who want to accomplish specific learning objectives or goals such as earning a GED, improving...  
Managed Enrollment   Adult ESL programs have an open or closed entry and exit system for students. Open entry and exit programs allow students to enter and leave a program...  
National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE)  The National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE), the only national information center focusing on the language and literacy education of adults...  
Pair-Taping   Using pair-taping, the class, working in pairs or groups of three, hold original conversations and tape them. Learners make a lot of mistakes while having...  
Podcasts   "Podcasting makes audio files, usually in MP3 format, available for (automatic) download so you can listen at your convenience. You don't need an iPod;...  
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