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Matching Readers with Texts and Tasks

Participants review how to interpret quantitative Lexile or ATOS scores of text complexity and apply text complexity measures to classroom situations to aid in choosing texts and activities.

New Academic Word List (NAWL) Finder and Sorter

EAPFoundation.com offers a free electronic tool for finding, highlighting, and sorting academic words within texts. Their word source is the New Academic Word List or NAWL, a recent update of the Academic Word List or AWL. There is also the option of creating a simple, head word, or word family gapfill, where the found academic words become blanks in the text. 

Teaching and Assessing Understanding of Text Structures Across Grades

This article summarizes the research on teaching text structures and discusses implications for instruction across grade levels.

Academic Word Finder

The Academic Word Finder is a free electronic tool from Achieve the Core that quickly identifies academic words in copied and pasted texts. It is not intended to "replace teacher judgment; rather, it helps to support the teacher and identify the most useful academic words."

Achieve the Core – ELA Standards

The site describes itself as "full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core and other college and career ready standards." Resources include CCRS-aligned lessons, activities, assessments and more, but also materials to support educators in understanding the standards and the content.

What does text complexity mean for English learners and language minority students?

In this paper, the authors demonstrate how English learners can be provided with strategies for accessing complex texts, such as closely examining one sentence at a time, and argue that instruction must go beyond vocabulary and should begin with an examination of our beliefs about language, literacy and learning.

Choosing Complex Text

This video from ReadWriteThink features a first-grade teacher talking through the steps that she uses to select a complex text for her class. The strategies that are described are easily adapted to adult EL classrooms.

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TEST COURSE – Level 1 Interpreter Training Program

Career Field/Area: Human Services Adult Career Pathway: Community Interpreter NRS Levels Addressed: High Intermediate Basic Education Low Adult Secondary Education High Adult Secondary Education Part of an approved IET program? No Credentials the Course Prepares Students for: NONE Also Prepares Students for: Additional language interpreter training, then entering career field. Target…

Super Awesome Test Course

Career Field/Area: Healthcare Adult Career Pathway: CNA NRS Levels Addressed: Middle Intermediate Basic Education High Intermediate Basic Education Part of an approved IET program? IET: yes – approved FY23 Credentials the Course Prepares Students for: First Aid – CPR/AED – Bloodborne Pathogens Training Nursing Assistant Registered/Certified Nursing Assistant Also Prepares…

Water: An ESL Curriculum for Adults

This five lesson curriculum was developed by the University of California Extension program. It was designed explicitly for adult EL students and contains simultaneous content and language instruction. The lessons focus on watersheds, water quality, and the water cycle in Los Angeles, CA. Each lesson contains readings, vocabulary, and grammar lessons.

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June 24, 2024 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Literacy Minnesota
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Volunteer Core Training Module 4: Instructional Best Practices: Working with Materials

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Registration Deadline: MON. 6/24/24 Participants will engage in a couple of classroom activities to experience scaffolding, checking comprehension and the gradual release of responsibility. These aspects of teaching and tutoring are then defined, explained further and participants get opportunities to practice them. Learn More

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June 25, 2024 12:30 pm–1:15 pm
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Burlington English Lunch and Learn: Connecting IET/IELCE to BE

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Registration Deadline: TUE. 6/25/24 In this session, we will explore the components of IELCE and IET and breakdown how those components can be found in Burlington English. We will talk about ways to implement them in your class. NOTE: Attendees must have current login credentials for… Learn More

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June 25, 2024 1:30 pm–2:30 pm
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HSE Testing Coffee Talk Series

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Registration Deadline: Register up to the date of each Coffee Talk. This past year, we have added a new option to our testing services, making us a two-test state. We have had and continue to need help with connectivity issues, online proctoring, scheduling availability, student identifications, accommodation issues,… Learn More

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