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Grammar Monster

Completely free website with mini grammar lessons based on common mistakes, vocabulary building activities for ESL students, idioms, punctuation, and more. Each lesson contains an explanation, examples, and a short quiz. There are many interactive online activities for the vocabulary portion of the website.

Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab: Vocabulary Quizzes

Find 1-3 minute intermediate level listening tracks with a variety of activities for learners to test their understanding, including multiple choice questions, gap-fill exercises, and sentence and vocabulary matching.

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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IET Single Set of Learning Objectives (SSLO) – Template

An integrated education and training program (IET) has a single set of learning objectives (SSLO) that facilitates the contextualization of basic skills and workforce preparation into training skills. However, developing these objectives is not easy! Use this template, which includes ParaPro and Manufacturing practice examples, as a resource to create your own SSLOs.

Designing IET Programs: The Single Set of Learning Objectives

Join us to explore approaches and strategies for the planning integrated education and training programs! This webinar will focus on an overview of the IET design process and creating standards-based IET curricula with a Single Set of Learning Objectives (SSLO). Guest presenters KayLynn Hamilton, M.Ed. and Blaire Willson Toso, Ph.D. will guide us through the process of creating SSLOs for your IET.

IET Webinars – MN Adult Education

This playlist on the MN Adult Education YouTube channel houses a variety of webinars related to Integrated Education & Training (IET).

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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

September 7, 2022 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Core Training Module 1: Overview of Minnesota Adult Education and Program Accountability

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Registration Deadline: WED. 9/7/22 Participants learn about Adult Basic Education programming in Minnesota, demographics of learners, instructional content standards as well as initial and on-going assessment. This session wraps up with learner motivations, barriers and persistence. Learn More

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September 13, 2022 9:00 am–3:00 pm
ATLAS
Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States

Integrated Education and Training (IET) Academy Kickoff

Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States

Cohort Description Are you looking to begin an IET in your program?  Or do you have an IET already, and want to strengthen or expand it?  Consider joining the IET Academy!  This professional development cohort from ATLAS is for IELCE grantees and other programs who are actively pursuing IET work. Learn More

Hamline University – Anderson Center
774 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States
September 13, 2022 12:30 pm–1:15 pm
Burlington English
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Burlington English Lunch and Learn: Strategies to Teach to a Multi-Level Classroom

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 9/13/22 In this session, we will explore the challenges and advantages of teaching a multi-level classroom, share ideas on how to overcome these challenges, and brainstorm other strategies that we can use in the classroom. Learn More

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