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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… Read More

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

Word-Level Focused Activities to Help Low-Literacy ESL Learners Decode: PART 3

Word-Level Focused Activities to Help Low-Literacy ESL Learners Decode: PART 3

Focusing on word beginnings and word families can help learners recognize patterns, which can improve their ability to decode words. Help your adult ESL learners with writing and speaking production in Part 3 of this alphabetics routine. 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

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