Adult Education


TESOL 2025

With thousands of attendees, hundreds of education sessions, and 50+ exhibits, the TESOL International Convention & Expo is the largest professional development event in the English language teaching field.

COABE 2025 National Conference

The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) 2025 national conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, TX! We invite you to enjoy the world’s largest adult education conference where you will access new best practices and receive targeted training from national level speakers.

Using a DEIA-Informed Approach Improves Curriculum Development for Adult Learners

Dr. Christine Miller and Dr. Daphne Greenberg   Researchers put a lot of effort into ensuring that the content of a curriculum aligns with theory and previous scholarship. However, content issues should not be the only consideration. Diversity, inclusion, equity, and access (DEIA) issues need to also be addressed. The best intended curriculum will be unsuccessful if it fails to address the heterogeneity of adult learners, instructors, and settings. The goal of the W-AE (Writing in Adult Education) project is to develop and try out a technology-based…

What do Immigrant and Refugee ELLs Say About Their Experiences?

by Aydin Durgunoglu and Erin CaryAccording to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), 108.4 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced as of late 2022 ( Although these statistics help illustrate the incredible scale of this problem, it is also important to understand how it is affecting individuals and their families. Recently, we have completed a small-scale implementation of our CILIA-T curriculum with approximately 50 adult English learners in four classrooms. The students came from various…

Utility value of improving writing skills for adult basic education students

Description Motivational research identifies utility value, or the importance of a learning task to future goals, as central to motivation to learn. This study analyzed survey data (N = 86) collected from adult literacy learners to examine their utility value of writing improvement in grammar and spelling skills, word processing skills, and planning, drafting, and revising skills. Findings revealed that participants had a high utility value of improving writing in all three skill areas and possessed a variety of underlying motivations, including obtaining further education, seeking future employment, and personal reasons. Participants' age, educational attainment, and reading levels showed relationships with utility value of improving grammar and spelling skills, and age showed an additional relationship to utility value of improving word processing skills. This work extends research on motivation in this population and supports the application of expectancy-value theory to both adult motivation and writing motivation. A free video is available on the utility value of improving writing skills for adult basic education students on this page. A subscription or one-time payment is required access this full publication from the Writing in Adult Secondary Education Classes team. 

Horizons Conference

JFF is holding their annual conference July 22-23 in Washington, DC. Visit their website for more information about registration, updates and more information. 

Educator Spotlight for Teacher Appreciation Week: Jill Ashley-Grochowski and Steve Hunt’s Experiences Piloting the CILIA-T Curriculum

CILIA-T, or “Content-Integrated Language Instruction for Adults with Technology Support”, is a full intermediate/advanced adult ELL curriculum that integrates U.S. history, civics and government content as well as digital skill-building. The curriculum, which is part of the CREATE Network, is completing its third year of development under a team including adult ELL and technology educators, literacy experts and content scholars. A draft of the CILIA-T curriculum is currently being piloted in four adult education classrooms by experienced teachers in Minnesota.…