ESL

Recent Newsletter Articles

Attention ESL Teachers: a Fall Conference for YOU!

Attention ESL Teachers: a Fall Conference for YOU!

Do you teach non-native speakers of English? The MELEd (Minnesota English Learner Education) conference coming up on Nov. 20-21, 2020, is the state's premiere professional gathering for anyone who works with English language learners. Consider presenting; proposals are due May 22! Read More

Students with Limited Formal Schooling? Come to the Free MinneSLIFE Conference!

Students with Limited Formal Schooling? Come to the Free MinneSLIFE Conference!

Do you work with English learners with limited formal schooling? The 8th Annual SLIFE Conference will be held at the Anderson Center at Hamline University, St. Paul, on Saturday, March 21, 2020. This FREE conference gathers educators of Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) of all ages. Read More

Help Students Get Their “foot in the door” by Creating Great Employer Partnerships

Help Students Get Their “foot in the door” by Creating Great Employer Partnerships

Besides the chance to teach ELLs what the idiom “foot in the door” means, creating employer partnerships has many great benefits for your students and your ABE program, as well as the employers in your community. Read More

CCRS in a Literacy Level Classroom? We’ve got you covered!

CCRS in a Literacy Level Classroom? We’ve got you covered!

For any teacher who has thought, “My learners are too low-level to introduce CCRS,” this is the video that you’ve been waiting for! In the fourth video of the "CCRS in the ABE Classroom" series, watch how Barb Murphy of Literacy Minnesota enthusiastically integrates CCRS teaching standards into her literacy level ESL class. Read More

MELEd 2019: Sharing What We Learned at the State ESL Conference – Part II

MELEd 2019: Sharing What We Learned at the State ESL Conference – Part II

In late November 2019, ATLAS sponsored 18 ABE teachers to attend this state ESL gathering (MELEd) in St. Paul. MELEd draws over 1100 ESL educators from around the state, working in K-12, college, and adult learning contexts. In Part II of this article, we hear from several more of our ABE attendees of the state ESL conference, MELEd, and what they found particularly useful! Read More

2020 Language & Literacy Institute: Registration now open!

2020 Language & Literacy Institute: Registration now open!

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Language & Literacy Institute on January 23-24! This is ATLAS’s largest event each year, a two-day conference that you will NOT want to miss! Registration is now OPEN, so register on the ATLAS website. Read More

MELEd 2019: Sharing What We Learned at the State ESL Conference – Part I

MELEd 2019: Sharing What We Learned at the State ESL Conference – Part I

In late November 2019, ATLAS provided scholarships for 18 ABE teachers to attend the state ESL gathering (MELEd) in St. Paul. MELEd draws over 1100 ESL educators from around the state, working in K-12, college, and adult learning contexts! Read on to hear from several of our ABE attendees and what they found particularly useful from this professional ESL conference. Read More

Resources to Support Literacy Level Instruction

Resources to Support Literacy Level Instruction

Adult ESL learners who are learning to read and write for the first time in their lives present a unique challenge in the ESL classroom. However, while literacy level learners may be in the classroom for the first time, they come with a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience, as well as a keen understanding of how precious learning is. Literacy level learners “may be beginning learners, but they are not beginning thinkers” (Brod, 1999). Read More

Pronunciation Webinars for ESL Teachers

Pronunciation Webinars for ESL Teachers

For many language learners, being understood by native English speakers is a daily battle. By integrating simple pronunciation instruction into regular lessons, teachers can make a difference with their learners’ speech production and confidence levels. Read More

A New Book to Support our Work with Adult English Learners

A New Book to Support our Work with Adult English Learners

Betsy Parrish's new professional development text provides supports for teachers working with Adult English language learners and showcases the work of Minnesota teachers. Read More