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Total Physical Response (TPR): A Curriculum for Adults

Learn about the "how" and "why" of using TPR in the classroom and explore a lesson routine that can be used for a wide variety of TPR topics. A great resource for teachers who are new to incorporating TPR into their lessons.

ESL Literacy Readers (Bow Valley Readers)

This collection of 40 theme-based readers features adult ESL learners engaging in everyday work and life activities. The learner page provides ESL students with access to seven levels of stories written specifically for adults. Each story focuses on a different learner and has an accompanying listening track so learners can listen as well as read the story.

Rachel’s English

This YouTube channel contains hundreds of videos unpacking the sounds and rhythms of the English language, as well as videos exploring idioms, vocabulary, and recommendations for strengthening listening and learning skills.

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.

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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ABE Acronyms

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is chock-full is acronyms! There’s one right there! But fear not; we have compiled this list of the most common acronyms that apply to Minnesota Adult Education and/or our learners. ABE Acronyms…

Career Conversations from the American School Counselor Association

There are several Career Conversations toolkits, each with a specific focus. Each toolkit is organized around various mind sets and behaviors that are strikingly similar to the categories in the TIF. Learning strategies, self-management skills, and social skills (similar to effective communication) are all represented, and there are questions that align to each area. The toolkit questions are rich and engaging, and they could be used in myriad ways with adult learners.

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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

October 19, 2021 2:30 pm–3:30 pm
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NEW HyFlex Community of Practice!

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Registration Deadline: NONE; please click the Google Meet link below to join on the day of the meeting Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) classes (classes that are taught synchronously in-person with a remote synchronous option) offer students the opportunity to participate online or in the classroom, but can be intimidating for… Learn More

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October 19, 2021 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
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Approaches and Activities to Support Writing Development

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 10/19/21 Incorporating writing instruction for English language learners of all levels is a challenge for many teachers and tutors. In this training, participants will learn approaches for including writing practice throughout the lesson and activities for extended practice. Participants will also develop strategies for delivering… Learn More

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October 20, 2021 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
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Volunteer Foundations Training – Core Training Module 3: Instructional Best Practices: Working with Learners

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Registration Deadline: WED. 10/20/21 Participants learn how to apply teaching practices that support language and skill development for all learners. These practices include checking comprehension of all learners, using an appropriate level of teacher talk, delivering error correction and feedback, facilitating learner questions, and ensuring that instruction is… Learn More

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