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ERIC Number: ED540603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 66
Managing Programs for Adults Learning English. CAELA Network Brief
Rodriguez, Amber Gallup; Burt, Miriam; Peyton, Joy Kreeft; Ueland, Michelle
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition
Programs for adults learning English vary widely in size and scope. Some are large, multilevel programs, such as the Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP) in Virginia, which has more than 45 staff members, over 100 volunteers, and an array of student services for the 7,500 learners served annually at the program's 7 locations. Others are relatively small, such as Montana's Bozeman Adult Learning Center, which serves fewer than 70 students a year with 1 part-time teacher, 1 administrator, and a number of volunteers. Programs can be found in community colleges, public school systems, community centers, corrections facilities, and workplaces. They can be faith-based, for profit (proprietary), managed by local education agencies, or community supported. Administrators in these programs are also diverse in their experience and training. While some may be managers by profession, others may have no previous experience in program administration. In the latter category are many experienced teachers of English language learners who have moved into program management. Others may have managed, or are managing, literacy, adult basic education (ABE), adult secondary education (ASE), or other types of programs and have added an adult English as a second language (ESL) component to their existing responsibilities. This brief addresses the needs of administrators with these varied backgrounds. It begins by outlining fundamental responsibilities of adult education administrators. It then describes components of typical programs serving adult English language learners and includes resources and tools that can facilitate successful administration of program components. It concludes with suggestions for further research. This brief is written for program administrators to provide information and strategies that will promote their success with managing programs for adults learning English.
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition. 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016. Tel: 202-355-1500; Fax: 202-363-7204; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Adult English Language Acquisition