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Fun Minimal Pair Activities for English Learners

Fun Minimal Pair Activities for English Learners

Where to begin with easy and effective pronunciation instruction? Read on to learn about two pronunciation activities targeting minimal pairs that are a great starting point for teaching pronunciation, as well as where you can find the recordings and materials from ATLAS’s latest pronunciation webinars. Read More

Resources for Volunteer Tutors Series: Classroom Activities for Adult ESL Learners Video Series

Resources for Volunteer Tutors Series: Classroom Activities for Adult ESL Learners Video Series

As a part of a brief, weekly series in MN ABE Connect, Literacy Minnesota’s Training Department is back with another valuable resource for volunteers – the Classroom Activities for Adult ESL Learners Video Series. This resource is a veritable treasure trove waiting for you and your volunteers to explore! Read More

Language and Literacy ESL Roundup!

Language and Literacy ESL Roundup!

If you’re an ESL teacher who missed this year’s Language & Literacy conference, or if you just weren’t able to make it to all of the sessions, have no fear! All of the conference sessions were recorded, so even though the conference is over, you can still continue to learn with and from your ESL colleagues. Check out the videos and resources from these ESL-focused sessions for ideas to invigorate your teaching this winter. Read More

Stay Warm, and Keep Learning! Winter Webinars from Literacy Minnesota

Stay Warm, and Keep Learning! Winter Webinars from Literacy Minnesota

Winter is here in Minnesota, but you don’t have to brave the snow and cold to participate in training webinars from Literacy Minnesota! Join volunteers and teachers from all around Minnesota for free professional development webinars on a wide variety of topics including low literacy, reading fluency, pronunciation, and remote instruction. Read More

“Teacher, Only You Understand Me” – Pronunciation Study Circle

“Teacher, Only You Understand Me” – Pronunciation Study Circle

All adult EL teachers have heard stories from learners of struggling to make themselves understood outside of the classrooms, but it can be difficult to know where to begin to help. Pronunciation is such a large topic; how can a teacher tackle it in a multicultural classroom when there are already a hundred other skills to teach? Never fear: the Pronunciation Study Circle is here! Read More

Speaking and Listening Opportunities for Beginning ESL: Phone Instruction with Worksheets

Speaking and Listening Opportunities for Beginning ESL: Phone Instruction with Worksheets

Remote learning and instruction by telephone automatically lends itself to several rich opportunities for speaking and listening. Using this mode of instruction provides unique learning opportunities to the student that may not be readily available in the traditional classroom setting, and it can be achieved by utilizing the same worksheets already used in class. Read More

Using Volunteers to Teach Conversation – Virtually!

Using Volunteers to Teach Conversation – Virtually!

Volunteer tutors keep learners connected to schools and learning. Even volunteers with relatively limited teaching experience can make a big difference with helping learners practice conversation. Connect volunteers and learners for one-on-one practice over the phone or on a WhatsApp video call, or have volunteers lead small groups of learners in Zoom breakout rooms. Read More

Teach Me How to Speak! Three Webinars for Teaching Pronunciation

Teach Me How to Speak! Three Webinars for Teaching Pronunciation

If you’re interested in helping adult ESL learners increase their confidence and comprehensibility, incorporating pronunciation instruction into lessons on a regular basis is the way to go! With a large amount of our daily communication taking place over the phone or online, intelligible pronunciation is more important than ever. Read More

Why Effective Communication Should Be Part of Your Math Curriculum

Why Effective Communication Should Be Part of Your Math Curriculum

We strongly believe that in a classroom, those who are doing the talking are doing the learning. Over the past year, we have been exploring ways to be purposeful and intentional about embedding the Academic, Career, and Employability Skills (ACES) into our math instruction. We are excited to share how to do that specifically with Effective Communication. Read More

Let’s Talk! Building Conversation into ESL Programming

Let’s Talk! Building Conversation into ESL Programming

Conversation circles are a great way for programs to serve the immediate needs of adult ESL learners and generate more contact hours. And for teachers looking to build more conversation activities into everyday programming, the Minnesota Literacy Council has developed a new Instructional Support Kit that focuses on listening and speaking skills. Read More