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Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL)  The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) is incorporated as a national public charity with the broad mission of helping advance adult literacy...  
Discussion Teaching Method   Using discussion as a teaching method has benefits for achieving particular cognitive and affective ends and encouraging active, participatory learning...  
Dual Language Program / Dual Immersion   Also known as two-way immersion or two-way bilingual education, these programs are designed to serve both language minority and language majority students...  
Duet Reading   A tutor and a learner read together. This gives the learner practice in fluency....  
Early Reading First   A nationwide effort to provide funds to school districts and other public or private organizations that serve children from low-income families. The Department...  
Echo Reading   A tutor reads first and then the learner reads the same item....  
Educationally Disadvantaged Adult   Adult education for adults whose inability to understand, speak, read, or write the English language constitutes a substantial impairment of their ability...  
Emergent Literacy   Emergent literacy is a developing range of understanding about print and non-conventional reading and writing behaviors that begin before schooling and...  
English Literacy Program (ELP)  A program of instruction designed to help individuals of limited English proficiency achieve competence in the English language....  
ESL Skills Assessment   A skills assessment shows the learner’s current English-language listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities....  
Evidence-Based Reading Instruction   A particular program or collection of instructional practices that has a tested and proven record of success. That is, there is reliable, trustworthy,...  
Experimental Research   Experimental reading instruction research includes studies that (1) objectively compare groups of learners receiving different forms of reading instruction...  
Fricatives   Fricatives are consonants produced with continuous airflow through the narrowed oral passage and making audible friction, such as in the sound /s/....  
Grammar-Translation Approach   The grammar-translation approach is the historically dominant method of second language teaching in school. Students were expected to memorize vocabulary...  
Graphic and Semantic Organizers   A reading comprehension strategy used to help understand a text that is being read. Readers represent graphically (write or draw) the ideas and the relationships...  
Guided Oral Reading   An instructional technique where students read text aloud and an instructor or helper (such as a peer tutor) provides feedback on the students reading...  
Health Literacy   Health literacy is the ability to read and comprehend basic concepts and tasks related to health. Health literacy programs include information on how...  
Immersion   Immersion is an approach to teaching language in which the target language is used exclusively to provide all instruction....  
Inferential Reading Comprehension   Inferential comprehension is the ability to draw valid inferences from the ideas or information presented in a text. It is constructive in the sense that...  
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...  
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