To a new English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in an adult education program, the task of teaching English can seem overwhelming. This ESL New Teacher Resource Guide, developed by the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO), is designed to introduce you to the most immediate and important aspects of teaching adult ESL in California.

A teacher new to ESL often asks such questions as, "Who will my new students be?" "What is their English proficiency?" "What materials should I use?" "How do I assess my students and document their progress?" Many local agencies have procedures and practices that address these issues and will provide guidance to new teachers. The California Department of Education (CDE) has specific requirements and also provides certain documents to guide you.

This resource guide presents a brief overview of this information, provides examples of the most important documents you will need, and leads you to resources that will inform your teaching.

Teaching ESL can be exciting and fulfilling experience. We hope that this guide will make your experience more manageable and rewarding.

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