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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.

National WWII Museum

Offers free access to lesson plans, essays, and multimedia resources, including videos and oral histories, from the National WWII Museum education collection. The classroom materials are leveled for middle and high school students and can be searched by subject and type of resource. Topics include the war in Europe and the Pacific, the impact on the homefront, and the legacy of World War II. The collection also offers lessons that explore the impact of the war on scientific innovations.

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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FAQs: Volunteers

What role do volunteers play in adult education? What benefits could volunteers have on my adult education programming? Learn answers to these questions and more here!

FAQs: Adult Ed Model & Delivery System

Where can I find a map of the adult education consortia in MN? How does ABE funding work? Who works at the state ABE office? Learn answers to these and more questions here!

FAQs: MN Adult Secondary Credentials

What is a secondary credential? What are the 3 options for earning a secondary credential in MN? What is the Standard Adult High School Diploma? Learn answers to these and more questions here!

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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.

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 1/31/23 ELIGIBILITY: This session has reached capacity for out-of-state (non-Minnesota) attendees. If you are located in Minnesota and wish to attend, please email Kelly at krynda@literacymn.org for the link to register. Please indicate your MN ABE program in your email. Thank you!… Learn More

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Registration Deadline:  WED. 2/1/23 If you need ASL interpretation for this event, please contact Wendy Her at info@literacyactionnetwork.org by Monday, January 23rd, 2023. Web Chat with MN ABE is a webinar discussion led by state ABE staff from the Minnesota Department of Education. Web Chat webinars provide updates… Learn More

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Registration Deadline: WED. 2/1/23 In this session, we will discuss how teachers can review learner progress and results. We will also examine specific reports that allow teachers to track learners’ time on task as well as standards and skills mastered. Learn More

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