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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 in a communicative context. Read More

Diana’s ELL Writing Routine: Days 6-10

Diana’s ELL Writing Routine: Days 6-10

A small body of writing research supports a set of principles for effective writing instruction. In this final part of the Writing Routine series, learn how to combine explicit writing instruction with extended and varied writing experiences for a purpose. 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

Diana’s ELL Writing Routine: Days 1-5

Diana’s ELL Writing Routine: Days 1-5

A small body of writing research supports a set of principles for effective writing instruction. Learn more about what a multi-day writing routine looks like, so you can adapt and adjust it to the reality of your class schedule and student population. Read More

Diana’s ELL Writing Practice: A FREE Website for ABE/ESL Teachers and Students

Diana’s ELL Writing Practice: A FREE Website for ABE/ESL Teachers and Students

Introducing a free Google site for teaching writing skills! It does not require a login, is easy for students to navigate, has no distracting pop-ups, and is accessible from a computer or smart phone. 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

How to Eat an Elephant: Increasing Your Students’ Success on the GED Extended Response

How to Eat an Elephant: Increasing Your Students’ Success on the GED Extended Response

Do your students struggle with writing? This article gives tips and insights that the author gained by attending a session that focused on the GED extended response at this year's COABE conference. It includes links to resources that GED writing teachers will find helpful. Read More

New Marshall Adult Literacy Online English Language Tool: Feedback Requested!

Your ABE expertise is needed to help test out a new Minnesota home-grown English Language online distance learning tool! Read More