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Embedded Teaching: Application in a Science Lesson (Part 2)

Embedded Teaching: Application in a Science Lesson (Part 2)

This article, which wraps up a 2-part series, provides examples of Embedded Teaching activities in a lesson developed by Nature for New Minnesotans to introduce the concepts of weather and climate to adult English language learners. Read More

Attention Teachers of Low-Literacy Adult ESL Students!

Attention Teachers of Low-Literacy Adult ESL Students!

Do you teach ESL to adult students with little or no literacy in their primary languages? At ATLAS, we are planning to do focused professional development (PD) in the coming year for teachers like you, and we would like some input on what instructors in your context could really use to make your teaching life easier. Read More

CONGRATULATIONS to MinneTESOL Award Winners Andrea Echelberger and #IamABE!

CONGRATULATIONS to MinneTESOL Award Winners Andrea Echelberger and #IamABE!

Congratulations to Andrea Echelberger and #IamABE! At the MinneTESOL gathering this year, the state’s professional organization for English education from preschool through university learners, two prestigious awards were presented. This year, both recipients hail from MN Adult Education! Read More

50 Shades of Meaning

50 Shades of Meaning

Explicit vocabulary instruction can often be a neglected vein of ESL instruction. This article provides research-based, user-friendly ideas to grow students beyond a surface level knowledge of words to deeper vocabulary comprehension and usage. Read More

Attention ESL Teachers! Scholarships Available for 2023 MELEd Conference!

Attention ESL Teachers! Scholarships Available for 2023 MELEd Conference!

Do you teach adults whose first language is not English? Interested in connecting with others who work with immigrants and refugees, across all ages of learners and contexts for ESL? ATLAS is again providing scholarships for MN adult educators to attend the state ESL conference (MELEd) in St. Paul this November! Read More

Three Great Pronunciation Video Resources for Teachers and Students

Three Great Pronunciation Video Resources for Teachers and Students

The pronunciation section of the ESL Resource Library has great resources for helping teachers to develop their instructional skills, as well as ones for learners to access independently outside of the classroom. Here are three video resources to dig into right away. Read More

The Multilingual Link

The Multilingual Link

With much supportive research, students and their teachers are encouraged to honor and harness their students’ first languages as it helps their English language acquisition, their acculturation, and their connection with their own families and children. Read More

EdReady Personalizes and Improves Students’ Math and English Mastery

EdReady Personalizes and Improves Students’ Math and English Mastery

EdReady, a free tool available to Minnesota adult educators, personalizes and improves students' math and English mastery. Find out more, and join us for an EdReady webinar on May 11, 1:30-2:30 CST to learn more about the student experience and understand the details in the reports.  Read More

Attention ESL Teachers: a Fall 2023 Conference for YOU!

Attention ESL Teachers: a Fall 2023 Conference for YOU!

Do you teach adult English learners? The MELEd (Minnesota English Learner Education) conference is the state's premiere professional gathering for anyone who works with English language learners This year, MELEd will be held *in person* at the St. Paul RiverCentre on November 17-18, 2023. Consider presenting; proposals are due June 21, 2023! Read More

Teaching the Whys and Hows of Emergency Funds

Teaching the Whys and Hows of Emergency Funds

Everyone experiences emergencies, typically about once a year or so. Yet many of us continue to be surprised when emergencies crop up. Any emergency is a lot less painful if it isn’t made worse by unnecessary financial stress. Teaching about emergency funds is a great way to open up conversations about money and financial literacy. Read More