Montana LINCS Update


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1.  New Resource for ESL

July 22, 2008, NYC -- The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy announces the release of a new resource called Findings in ESL: A Quick Reference to Findings of CAAL Research on ESL Programs at Community Colleges. As the name indicates, the publication, written by CAAL vice president Forrest P. Chisman, is the final in a series from CAAL on its ESL research since 2004. Due to the high ongoing interest in ESL service provision, the purpose of Findings in ESL is to make CAAL's ESL work more readily accessible to general and ESL audiences who may not have the time to wend their way through its fairly dense full-length reports. This summary document is available in PDF format from the CAAL website (, Publications page, item ESL6). It may be purchased as a bound document directly from CAAL ($10 prepaid plus postage, for instructions). The four main research reports summarized in this Reference document are also available at the CAAL website, each for $20 prepaid plus postage. They are: Adult ESL and the Community College (2004, 59 pp.); Passing the Torch: Strategies for Innovation in Community College ESL (2007, 153 pp.); Torchlights in ESL: Five Community College Profiles (2007, 123 pp.); Pathways and Outcomes: Tracking ESL Student Performance (2008, 212 pp.)--items ESL1 through ESL5.


2.  Health Literacy Resource

Assessing the nationís health literacy: Key concepts and findings of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) describes health literacy results from the landmark 2003 NAAL, the nationís most comprehensive measure of adult literacy in more than a decade.


Published by the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation and written by Sheida White, PhD, NAAL Project Officer, this 100-page report will be of interest to clinicians, researchers, educators, insurers, and policy makers in both the health and education fields. 


Assessing the nationís health literacy can be downloaded as a PDF at no charge by visiting  Hard copies can be purchased for $20 through the AMA Bookstore by visiting or calling (800) 621-8335 and asking for Item #OP423908.


Jaleh Behroozi Soroui


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