getting started: teaching and learning with adult English language learners

What images, symbols and signs do people take for granted in western literate cultures?

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ESOL materials, strategies and online resources --

- The goal of this session is to help tutors become (more) knowledgeable about and comfortable with working with adult ESOL learners.

- agenda:

- introductions, burning questions

- something that's worked? something that's challenging

- getting started - building community using a grid, getting learner information

- talking about planning - chunking out time, working backwards

- developing materials: considerations, matching material to task, ability, content

- on computers: exploring various sites - share one/two that are useful, why, why not

- next steps.

- videos:

- We are New York - Learn English

- tales of mere existence - Saturday

reading demonstration (to get a sense of assessing learners' strengths and needs):

- also from Heide Wrigley: Tips for ESL Literacy Teachers and Principles and Opportunities for Adult Learning

New American Horizons: demo classes - brief videos

Classroom Activities for Adult ESL Learners video series from the Minnesota Literacy Council

The Media Library of Teaching Skills (MLoTS): free digital collection of short authentic classroom videos intended for adult basic education professional development.

online resources

LESLLA (low educated second language and literacy acquisition) resources

USA learns:

Mango Languages - available at no charge to library card holders

resources from Literacywork International; scenarios, theory, practice - rich repository of resources for classroom practice and practitioner learning, including this word document on learning strategies, as well as an entire sub-site addressing ESL by design

literacy resources - technology:

free ESOL online resources

ESOL/ESL/ELL Websites compendium -

esol resources from LR/RI

Civics it Up!, site designed to "help teachers plan and implement instructional units and lessons that integrate language learning with rights and responsibilities of citizenship, civic participation, and workforce training;" includes downloadble instructional planning tools, resources and a techniques bank, offering techniques, activities and approaches useful across multiple contexts. - blog offering a posts about varying topics for ESOL learners;
this particular post focuses on news,

also see Newsela, - a site providing several levels of the same newspaper articles, along with accompanying online quizzes, that students can read and take. For a small fee, teachers can create a virtual classroom, assign articles and monitor student progress. Students can, however, read the articles without having to pay anything.

ESOL basics from the Virginia Adult Literacy Resource Center

Adult Education ESL Teachers Guide Adult Education Center, Texas A&I University

ESOL classroom activities: Tricks of the trade from NATECLA

speaking and listening self-access activities for learners - although using British English, useful sites to consider:



Tien Tran's Orientation to Public Libraries - powerpoint slides used on library tours for adult ESOL learners

into the box, out of the box grids, graphs and ESL literacy, powerpoint slides by Heide Wrigley and Janet Isserlis, enumerating ways of utilizing grids and graphs to support language learning.

more: language learning apps (free)

Duolingo - offers small bite language lessons for speakers of many languages

Learning Chocolate, vocabulary site, including word lists grouped in various categories (clothing, health, food, e.g ). and also includes listening practice and drag and match sound/image activities

more: to read and research

Florez, M.A.C. (2001). Beginning ESOL Learners' Advice to their teachers. Focus on Basics 5(A).

Brod, S. (1999). What non-readers or beginning readers need to know: performance-based adult ESL literacy. Denver, CO. Spring Institute for International Studies.

Andrew, H. (2005).M Tips for teaching ESL beginners and pre-literate adults. The Internet TESL Journal (10).

Massachusetts ESOL Curriculum Framework for Adult Basic Education(word document)

Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language

International Reading Association: ReadWriteThink

The Literacy Network:

Minnesota Literacy Council: Story by Story Phonics Lessons

Working with Limited Literacy Learners - brief overview

LR/RI home

August 17, 2018