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Encouraging Speaking and Listening in ABE

Encouraging Speaking and Listening in ABE

While Minnesota ABE teachers have become increasingly proficient at navigating and implementing CCR Standards, incorporating the Speaking and Listening Standards often takes a backseat to those for ELA and math. Get ideas on addressing these standards. Read More

A CCRS Star is Born! Third CCRS Classroom Video Now Available

A CCRS Star is Born! Third CCRS Classroom Video Now Available

In the third and final video of the CCRS in the ABE Classroom series, Dan Bruski of Hopkins ABE skillfully integrates a variety of teaching standards into his beginning level ESL class. During the lesson, learners work on strengthening their vocabulary, developing grammar and critical thinking skills, and using language… Read More

Tutor Tips to the Rescue!

Tutor Tips to the Rescue!

Your learners are showing up in 20 minutes, and you need an activity idea fast! Check out the Tutor Tips blog on the Minnesota Literacy Council website to find hundreds of activity ideas with detailed instructions for yourself or your classroom volunteers to follow. Use tags… Read More

2019 Language & Literacy Institute: Registration Now Open!

2019 Language & Literacy Institute: Registration Now Open!

Registration is OPEN for the 2019 Language & Literacy Institute on January 24-25! The past three Institutes have been extremely successful, and some workshops may fill, so don’t wait – register now to ensure you get into the workshops you want!… Read More

FREE TEXT FREE TEXT FREE TEXT: Part 3

FREE TEXT FREE TEXT FREE TEXT: Part 3

This article is part three of a series highlighting free online text resources. This final installment includes websites that span low to high learner levels plus a website with free, original children’s books for parents to use with their kids in English or in several other languages!… Read More

FREE TEXT FREE TEXT FREE TEXT: Part 2

FREE TEXT FREE TEXT FREE TEXT: Part 2

Looking for some great sources for free text when planning CCRS-aligned English language arts lessons? There are some great online sources available for FREE! Here is Part 2 of my series on free text resources with a focus on English language learners. Read More

Using Culips to Increase Listening Comprehension

Using Culips to Increase Listening Comprehension

Comprehending spoken English can be a challenge, especially for non-native speakers. The Culips website was designed to help students “learn conversational English for everyday use,” and it’s a great tool for “real world” listening practice. Read More

Let’s Talk… About the Speaking and Listening Standards

Let’s Talk… About the Speaking and Listening Standards

Implementation of these standards into daily lessons enables students to develop useful interpersonal skills for the classroom and workplace – from critically listening and responding to each other, to evaluating what they hear from a variety of sources. Read More

Using Video to Develop Effective Communication Skills

Using Video to Develop Effective Communication Skills

If you practice listening and speaking skills with your students, check out the Film English website – a resource that combines funny, poignant, powerful video clips with ready-to-use ESL lessons to support language teaching. Read More

ESL Classroom Activity Videos

ESL Classroom Activity Videos

ESL teachers and volunteers interested in watching professional teachers leading popular ESL classroom activities can now complete observations from the comfort of their own homes. Read More