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The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners

TESOL International Association has defined a core set of principles for the exemplary teaching of English learners. The 6 Principles are universal guidelines drawn from decades of research in language pedagogy and language acquisition theory and are applicable across different educational contexts.

Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

This resource repository contains videos, articles, and handouts on the topic of culturally responsive teaching. The executive director of CCRTL, Dr. Sharroky Hollie, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of culturally responsive education.

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."

Ventures Online Activities

This website provides free online activities to supplement the Ventures Series. Learners can practice grammar and vocabulary activities that support align with the units in the Ventures student books.

Teaching Immigration with the Immigrant Stories Project

Teaching Immigration with the Immigrant Stories Project contains lessons for grades 8 to adult audiences that help students learn about aspects of United States immigration, past and present, through the personal experiences of immigrants and refugees. The lessons highlight digital stories from the Immigrant Stories collection: brief, original videos made by immigrants and refugees.

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.

Guided Reading Prompts and Questions to Improve Comprehension

This blog post from Scholastic.com contains excellent teacher practices and materials that can be adapted for improving reading comprehension at any level. The post includes printable PDFs of a teacher Reading Prompt Booklet, "reading prompt" bookmarks for learners, and guided reading question cards for small-group or independent work. The reading prompts are written for a third grade reading level, which can easily be used with intermediate and advanced adult ESL learners.

Just Write! Guide

The Just Write! Guide is a resource guide for ABE teachers, intended to increase familiarity with evidence-based writing instruction and to facilitate translation of research findings into teaching practices and products that will enhance the quality of instruction delivered to adult learners.

Wisc-Online

Wisc-Online is a repository of high-quality educational resources that are free for learners and teachers. It includes over 2,500 learning objects (such as assessments, animations, and templates) for topics ranging from language arts to career clusters, to manufacturing, to math. It can be used in the classroom or independently by learners.

Wisc-Online

Wisc-Online is a repository of high-quality educational resources that are free for learners and teachers. It includes over 2,500 learning objects (such as assessments, animations, and templates) for topics ranging from language arts to career clusters, to manufacturing, to math. It can be used in the classroom or independently by learners.

Comic Creator from ReadWriteThink

Teachers and EL learners can design individualized comics on this fun and interactive website. The comic creator allows users to select characters, backgrounds, and props to facilitate writing dialogs.

Authentic English: Communication Activities

Find short videos of native and fluent English speakers discussing a wide variety of topics. Transcripts for the videos are included.

ELLLO: English Listening Lesson Library Online

Over 2,500 free English video and audio tracks of native and fluent speakers of English speaking about a variety of topics including current events and grammar. Also find games, worksheets, and lesson plans. New tracks and materials are added each week.

ELLLO! Listening Games

This website contains short listening texts for English language learners that are read at a natural speaking rate. After listening, learners can take a quiz to demonstrate their understanding of what they heard.

Manythings.org

This website is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer-assisted language learning activities - including activities that learners can do on their own and listening and reading texts that can be used to create lessons.

Manythings.org

This website is for people studying English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). There are quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions, anagrams, a random-sentence generator and other computer-assisted language learning activities - including activities that learners can do on their own and listening and reading texts that can be used to create lessons.

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.

ThoughtCo Pronunciation and Conversation

English pronunciation and speaking help and exercises including International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) guides, lesson plans, and conversational strategies for ESL/EFL classes and teachers.

Literacy Education and Second Langauge Learning for Adults (LESLLA)

This website provides information about current research with low literacy level adult English language learners, as well as numerous resources for teaching and supporting beginning level learners.

ThoughtCo How to Teach Pronunciation

This guide on how to teach pronunciation provides a short overview of the main issues to be addressed at each level, as well as pointing to resources on the site, such as lesson plans and activities, that you can use in class to help your students improve their English pronunciation skills. Following each level are a few suggestions for level-appropriate activities.

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ABE Licensure FAQs

Find answers to common questions about Adult Basic Education licensure in Minnesota.

6 Great Ways to Help ESL Students Achieve Self-Correction

This article from Busy Teacher offers suggestions for ways that teachers can promote self-correction for their ESL learners during classes.

Teaching the Skill of Self-Correction

This article offers several suggestions on how teachers can help students to take ownership of their reading, monitor themselves while they are reading, self-correct when they need to.

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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

November 21, 2019 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Minnesota Literacy Council
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Introduction to Khan Academy for Distance Learning (webinar)

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Registration Deadline: THU. 11/21/19 Join us for the next in our distance learning webinar series, where we explore the free website Khan Academy. Learn how to set up classes, enroll learners, assign content, pull distance learning hours, and more! This session will be led by Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt from… Learn More

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November 22, 2019 12:00 am–11:59 pm
MELEd
St. Paul RiverCentre
175 W Kellogg Blvd
St Paul, 55102

MELEd (MN English Learner Education) Conference

St. Paul RiverCentre
175 W Kellogg Blvd
St Paul, 55102

Deadlines: Applications for scholarships due TUE. 10/15/19 Registration for conference ends early November 2019 ATLAS scholarships to attend will be available soon!  Applications will be due in mid-October!  Please check back. For now, see the May 2019 newsletter article here: https://atlasabe.org/news/attention-esl-teachers-a-fall-conference-for-you/… Learn More

St. Paul RiverCentre
175 W Kellogg Blvd
St Paul, 55102
November 22, 2019 11:00 am–12:15 pm
Burlington English
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Data-Driven Instruction with BurlingtonEnglish

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Registration Deadline: THU. 11/21/19 Do you want to learn how to use the data from Student Progress Reports to customize your instruction? If so, join us and other teachers to “Drill into the Details” of BurlingtonEnglish Student Progress Reports. Teachers will learn how to run reports, interpret sample… Learn More

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