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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.

Story by Story Phonics Lessons

Find phonics based readings on this website that can be read on the computer or printed off to read in class. There are also typing lessons, and links to other resources that support beginning literacy development.

Teaching Analogy Phonics (TAP, 2015)

Provides reading teachers and tutors with convincing background information and testimonials, a lesson plan model and template, other reinforcement ideas, and over 100 common or sequential phonogram and word family lists for immediate analogy phonics instruction.

Sound City Reading

This phonetic reading program website offers free PDF files of phonics books, workbooks, wall charts, flashcards, games, and activities at five levels. Materials are designed to be used sequentially, from the Learning the Alphabet through Basic and Advanced Phonics Patterns; however, it is also useful for older readers at beginning levels.

Story by Story (2008)

This website provides 12 interactive, multi-media, online versions of Story by Story to use for FREE. They were developed by Charles and Pam LaRue and provide illustrated listening/fluency activities along with writing/typing exercises for short vowel and consonant digraph sound patterns.

New American Horizons: Adult ESL Teacher Training Videos – Low Literacy

This collection of 12 teacher training videos were filmed in adult ESL classes and feature a variety of teaching strategies and activities. For teachers interested in learning more about working with low-literacy learners, there are three videos that address this level.

Phonics Pull-Out Kit

English language learners at many levels need additional assistance with building their phonetic awareness and strengthening their phonetic decoding abilities. The Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Kit provides a variety of activities that can be used with low-beginning to high-intermediate levels of English language learners.

Minnesota Literacy Council Pre-Beginning ESL Story Bank and Curriculum

This curriculum builds literacy skills and incorporates level-appropriate Transitions skills identified by the ATLAS program's Academic, Career & Employability Skills (ACES) initiative, as outlined in the Transitions Integration Framework (TIF), into every life skill unit.

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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.

Health Literacy Resources

This collection of multi-language health videos, classroom lessons, and support resources was created to support language learners who are new to English and who may have limited literacy skills to reduce barriers to access healthcare and improve health literacy.

Creating Questions to Engage Critically with Texts

The strategy described in this article provides tools to create questions that help students engage critically with central texts and examine them for issues of power and social inequity. The activities suggested here also encourage readers to bring their knowledge and experiences to the reading of a text.

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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

April 13, 2021 12:30 pm–1:15 pm
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MN Teachers: Lunch and Learn: What’s in YOUR BurlingtonEnglish Toolbox? A Roundtable Chat

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 4/13/21 Let’s have a chat about the ‘W’s of BE: Who uses it? Why? Where? What’s your go-to in BE? Please come to this session and bring your BE toolbox, ready to share what’s inside with other teachers from around the state. NOTE: A BurlingtonEnglish… Learn More

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April 13, 2021 1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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A Roadmap for Success: Remote Lesson Planning 101

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 4/13/21 Whether you are teaching one learner on WhatsApp or a large group on Zoom, lesson planning is a critical part of ensuring learner success with virtual instruction. During this webinar, you will learn how to design lessons so that both the teacher and… Learn More

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April 14, 2021 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Accent Bias and Discrimination in the United States

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Registration Deadline: WED. 4/14/21 Teachers of adult ESL learners often hear stories of learners trying out their new English skills in the community, and being ignored or rebuffed because of their accent. In this workshop, learn about accent bias research, the politics of accent in the United States,… Learn More

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