Adult Education Interest Section


Welcome to the Penn TESOL East Adult Education Interest section.  

I am pleased to be your new Adult Interest Section Chair.  Events for this interest section will be posted here.  Please feel free to e-mail me suggestions for discussions, presentations or workshops.  I look forward to serving you.


Donna Mehalchick-Opal

Adult Education Interest Section Chair





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Scheduled Events

EVENT: IS Meeting

Theme: Networking in Adult ESL

Day: Friday, May 11th

Time: 5:00 PM

Place: COSI 325 Chestnut Street


All IS members are invited to attend.  You may bring non-members as well. Please email if you plan to attend.


We will share networking and job search strategies.




On May 10th & 11th of 2011 Members of the Adult IS traveled to ETS in New Jersey to participate in the TOEIC Listening and Reading and TOEIC Speaking and Writing Propel Workshops.  Both workshops were a great success.  I happy to meet many of you for the first time and hope that everyone learned something to bring back to their classroom.
Rarely held Propell (tm) workshops have been scheduled for May 10 and 11, 2011, on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) campus in Princeton, NJ. These workshops offer an opportunity for a quick gain of expertise in what may be a new area for some corporate trainers, but which is increasingly valuable in today's global market place--how to build and assess the English language skills specifically needed in business/workplace environments.


These one-day workshops examine the use of the TOEIC Listening & Reading and TOEIC Speaking & Writing tests, the world's leading assessment of real world English skills for business and the workplace, taken by over 6 million individuals each year and used by over 10,000 employers and other institutions. You will gain skills in preparing individuals for these tests, administering and interpreting them, and improving language learning for real world business environments with new instructional tools and strategies.

Enrollment will be limited to fifteen trainers, consultants, and English language professionals in order to allow sharing of ideas and interactive work with ETS expert trainers. Attendees return home with an in-depth workshop manual; TOEIC score descriptors for easily assessing skills at different levels; activity books, practice test books, and audio CDs for use with trainees; and certificates of workshop completion as well as new ideas to develop practical English skills.


The first workshop will focus primarily on means of improving student listening and reading skills, the second on speaking and writing skills. You can choose to attend one or both workshops.

Tuition, materials, and some meals are provided without cost. 




Adult Education Links

New Pennsylvania ESL Adult Educator blogspot: 


Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA)

National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)

Center for Applied Linguistics

National Institute for Literacy - LINCS Adult ESL Special Collection

TESOL’s Adult Education Interest Section

Health Literacy Resources & Programs for Adult ESL

Adult ESL Practice in the New Millennium

Teaching Multilevel Adult ESL Classes

U.S. Department of Education – Office of Vocational and Adult Education

National Coalition for Literacy

Dave’s ESL Café Teachers Discussion Forum for Adult Education;=2b86d3325a9aeeabaefd6530fecd7c6a

Michigan Adult Learning & Technology Center

Annotated Bibliography of Content Standards for Adult ESL


Adult ESL Instruction: Some Suggested Materials


Breaking News English - Articles with lessons