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Many ABE classes include both English language learners and native speakers. How do these learners differ from one another, and how might those differences affect instruction?

At only four pages, How Should Adult ESL Reading Instruction Differ From ABE Reading Instruction? is a quick read that addresses the issues and offers suggestions for teaching English language learners the four essential components of reading: vocabulary, alphabetics, fluency, and comprehension.

This brief from the Center for Adult English Language Acquisition at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C. was written for those who teach English language learners in ABE classes as well as in ESOL classes.

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ABE/Adult Education
ESOL/English Language Learner
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Research/Evidence-Based Practice
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