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Activities for Tutoring a Pre-Literate Student

Find activities ideas for low-literacy learners in phonics, speaking, listening, reading, and writing in this handout.

Global Oneness Project

According to their website, “We aim to connect, through stories, the local human experience to global meta-level issues, such as climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, poverty, endangered cultures, migration, and sustainability. Through featuring individuals and communities impacted by these issues, our stories and lessons provide opportunities to examine universal themes that emphasize our common humanity... Our lessons facilitate the development of students' critical thinking, inquiry, empathy, and listening skills."

10-step guide to Teaching Effective Conversation Classes

Learn suggestions for incorporating conversation into the classroom, or beginning a stand-alone conversation class or a conversation circle. The article includes a link to a guide with 30 speaking activities.

Talking Politics: Valuing Different Perspectives

This video from Edutopia demonstrates how high school students learn how to share and listen to opposing beliefs with empathy in the classroom.

Ten ESL Activities to Teach Perfect Pronunciation and Get Mouths Moving

This article from the FluentU English Educator Blog provides ten activities for teachers to use when students have difficulty differentiating between two sounds (known as minimal pairs).

Sounds of English

Sounds of English is a collaboration by Holly Gray and Sharon Widmayer that they started to help their ESL students develop their pronunciation and speaking skills. The site has been expanded to include information about their past research and presentations, lessons and activities for ESL teachers, and more.

Sounds of Speech – Phonetics: The Sounds of American English

This website contains animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of English and other languages. For each English consonant and vowel, viewers will find an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and video-audio of the sound spoken in context.

Making It Real: Teaching Pre-Literate Adult Refugee Students

This book is a great place reference for both new and experienced teachers. It covers a variety of effective practices for teaching low-literate adult refugees, and describes techniques and activities that support these practices.

Learning Chocolate

This learner-based website contains lists of technology-based vocabulary words that learners can listen to, then check their understanding with matching, fill-in-the-blank, and dictation games.

Reading Skills for Healthcare Workers

The Reading Skills for Healthcare Workers website helps learners explore the field of healthcare. The website contains 175 readings, including pre-reading questions, target vocabulary, a text-dependent question set, and two prompts for writing practice.

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CCRS in the ABE Classroom: Literacy Level ESL

This lesson focuses on Shift 1: Complexity; Reading Anchor 1, Levels A and B; Reading Anchor 2, Level A; Speaking and Listening Anchor 2, Level A; and Reading Foundations Anchors 1 and 2. The learners: 1) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text, 2) Ask and answer wh- questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, 3) Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text, 4) Confirm understanding of an oral text by asking and answering questions, and 5) Isolate the initial and final sounds of spoken words. 

CCRS in the ABE Classroom: Beginning ESL

This lesson focuses on Shift 2: Evidence; Reading Anchors 1, 3, and 7, Level A; Speaking and Listening Anchors 1 and 6, Level A; and Language Anchor 1. The learners: 1) Ask and answer questions about key details in a text, 2) Describe the connection between individuals, 3) Use illustrations to describe key ideas, 4) Speak audibly, express thoughts clearly and succinctly, 5) Follow rules for discussions & responding to comments/questions in an exchange, and 6) Understand and use question words, possessive pronouns, and the progressive verb tense.

CCRS Classroom Videos – ESL

Want to see the CCRS (College & Career Readiness Standards) in action in an ESL classroom, but don’t have time to get out and observe your colleagues? Look no further than these wonderful classroom videos featuring seasoned instructors from Literacy Minnesota as they expertly implement the…

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MN ABE YouTube Channel

The MN ABE YouTube Channel is a free online PD resource that you can use to explore teaching techniques and classroom ideas in action! Find out more in this MN ABE Connect newsletter article.

Upcoming ABE Events

March 3, 2020 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
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Creating Adult Career Pathways in a One-Room Schoolhouse Setting

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Registration Deadline: TUES. 3/3/20 Career pathways are a key component of MN Adult Education.  All over the state, students are preparing for careers in a wide range of sectors while improving basic skills.  How can we deliver this important instruction in a one-room schoolhouses? Join our… Learn More

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March 5, 2020 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
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Read Theory: Everything you Need to Know to Get Your Learners Reading Online

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Registration Deadline: THU. 3/5/20 In this session, Adam Kieffer from the Hubbs Center will provide an overview of the online learning site Read Theory, and how you can begin using it for ABE distance learning. Read Theory is a free, mobile-friendly, easy-to-use reading comprehension… Learn More

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March 6, 2020 8:00 am–3:00 pm
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Double Tree Roseville (formerly Radisson Hotel Roseville)
2540 N. Cleveland Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113 United States

Metro ABE Spring 2020 Regional

Double Tree Roseville (formerly Radisson Hotel Roseville)
2540 N. Cleveland Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113 United States

Registration Deadline: FRI. 2/28/20 (NOTE: Registrations after 2/28/20 will incur a $15 late fee) Event Location:  DoubleTree by Hilton Roseville (formerly Radisson Roseville) Event Flyer/Schedule: FLYER Cancellation Policy: Due to non-refundable costs incurred for venue bookings and catering, registrations cancelled less than… Learn More

Double Tree Roseville (formerly Radisson Hotel Roseville)
2540 N. Cleveland Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113 United States