Low Educated Second Language and Literacy (LESLLA) For Adults


ESL Literacy Network – Bow Valley College in Calgary, Canada has launched a new ESL literacy network. The site has information on best practices, descriptions of learners, the Canadian benchmarks for literacy, guidance on how to develop curriculum, and ideas for teaching. It also contains videos of classroom ideas and printable readers.

The Adult ESL Training Video Project - A major obstacle to affordable, accessible ESL classes for adult immigrants is the shortage of well-trained ESL teachers. The New Americans Horizon the Foundation has developed these videos to enhance the development of ESL teachers, Teaching ESL to Adults: Classroom Approaches in Action.

ATLAS classroom videos: http://mnliteracy.org/classroomvideos. These free videos demonstrate effective activities for low literacy learners. More information at http://atlasabe.org/mn-abe-news/esl-classroom-activity-videos.

Multilingual Minnesota
www.multilingualminnesota.org, click on "For Teachers of Pre-literate Adult ESL" Compilation of readings for teachers, recommended books, publishes, information about balanced literacy instruction, etc. NOTE: This site is still up, but it is no longer being maintained.

Handbook for Tutors Working with Adult ESOL Literacy Learners
Developed by Margi Felix-Lund, Portland State University, 2013

Minnesota Literacy Council
Free online training course "Literacy Level ESL Instruction" (as well as many others) free at http://online.themlc.org, appropriate for new teachers and volunteers. Also, low-literacy curriculum used at many MLC sites is posted here (< 180): http://mnliteracy.org/tools/volunteer-esl-curriculum

SLIFE (Students with Limited or interrupted Formal Education) and the MALP (Mutually Adaptive Learning Paradigm)
Helaine Marshall and Andrea DeCapua, http://malp.pbworks.com Outlines the MALP, provides access to numerous publications, powerpoint presentations, and a teacher wiki, all concerning teaching students with limited or interrupted formal schooling (SLIFE).

ELL-U, LINCS http://lincs.ed.gov/programs/ell-u A LINCS project, ELL-U provides English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) practitioners with access to high quality online professional development and learning opportunities. One of the areas of focus is adult ESL learners who are emergent readers.

Study Circle Guide for Low-literacy Adult ESL, from ATLAS (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Vinogradov, P. (2011). Study circle guide for teachers of low-literacy adult ESL students. ATLAS, ABE Teaching and Learning Advancement System. St. Paul, MN: Hamline University.

www.atlasabe.org [Click: Professional > Adult ESL]

This complete study circle guide outlines the activities of a multi-week, 3-meeting practitioner study circle for teachers of adult low-literate ESL students. A report on the pilot of this study circle can be found here:

Vinogradov, P. (2012). "You just get a deeper understanding of things by talking:" Study circles for teachers of ESL emergent readers. Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 1, p.34-48.

CAELA – Center for Adult English Language Acquisition

Videos and resources from MN Low-literacy Adult ESL + Dyslexia Study Circle: www.englishcodecrackers.com

Heide Wrigley's ESL Literacy Website

Decodable readers

At the River and Other Stories for Adult Emergent Readers by Shelley Hale Lee, Wayzgoose Press. Additional resources available at www.emergentreaders.org.

Sam and Pat 1 and 2 by Jo Anne Hartel, Betsy Lowry, and Whit Hendon, Thomson Heinle

What's Next? by Lia Conklin, New Readers Press

Talk of the Block by Ann Haffner, New Readers Press

Other readers and teaching guides

abcEnglish 1 and 2 by Jennifer Christenson. Additional resources available at www.teachabcenglish.com.

Eye on Literacy – Wordless Books

ESL Literacy Readers from Bow Valley College, https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/tools/esl-literacy-readers

The Elder Literacy Initiative life skills curriculum at www.elderliteracy.org

Making It Real by Alysan Croydon, Tacoma House Community Training Project

MN Literacy Council Pre-beginning ESL Story Bank and Curriculum
This Pre-Beginning ESL (levels 0-1) curriculum was created with a grant from the Saint Paul Community Literacy Consortium to implement Bridge Prep components into curricula. It was completed in March 2014, authored by Jessica Grace Jones. To prepare learners to transition to jobs and lay a foundation for post-secondary, this curriculum incorporates level-appropriate Transitions skills developed by the Hamline ABE Teaching and Learning Advancement System (ATLAS) Academic, Career and Employability (ACES) framework such as critical thinking (e.g., categorizing and sequencing) and self-management (e.g., maintaining a binder of class handouts) into every life skill unit. This curriculum builds literacy skills through regular practice with print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, fluency and comprehension. In building literacy skills, it also prepares learners for success on CASAS assessments. http://mnliteracy.org/tools/curriculum-lesson-plans/pre-beginning-esl

St. Paul Public Schools, Hubbs Center
ELL – ELL2 Bridging Life and Work Curriculum, and also Using English, Curriculum for Level 0 and up, Beginning ESL Literacy, from St. Paul, Minnesota. http://www.spps.org/Page/22083

Illiteracy Map of the World - Teachers and others may find this illiteracy map of the world dated 1999 useful in presentations, publications, and other print and interactive media and materials. For more information and to request authorization to reprint visit: http://www.mapsofworld.com/thematic-maps/world-illiteracy-map.htm. German language readers may search for maps through the Deutsch web portal: http://www.mapsofworld.com/deutsch.

Other teaching resources

Bringing Literacy to Life: Issues and Options in Adult ESL Literacy This book, authored by Heide Spruck Wrigley and Gloria J. A. Guth for the US Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, provides a combination of background information, advice for teachers, and examples of good teaching. A blend of theory and practice, this book is meant to help practitioners and programs make informed decisions about teaching literacy in their own particular context. The ten curriculum modules, written by teachers in the field, are meant to illustrate some of the best practices that adult ESL literacy has to offer. You can also see Heide?s teacher training videos illustrating teaching methods for LESLLA and other ESL learners on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=literacywork&page=1

Language Issues: The Journal of NATECLA - The National Association for Teaching English and Other Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA) publishes this journal as a forum for ESOL professionals to share experience and ideas. It explores the area between academic research and classroom practice, discussing effective teaching, training and management of ESOL.

www.bordercivics.org – English Literacy Civics is a site with a wealth of information and resources for project-based learning in the communities of ESL and Literacy learners. Lesson plans for projects are free to teachers.

www.youthliteracy.ca – Promising practices and research results for teaching literacy skills to youth at risk, based on a project funded by Literacy BC.

www.mcedservices.com – Online and paper resources for the ESL Literacy classroom, health information (reading a prescription, following medicine labels) in English and other languages.There are also phonics stories that students can read online, print, and do follow up activities on. The stories and information are also provided as listening activities.

www.jennyhorsman.com – Jenny Horsman, author and explores the impact of violence on learning and offers insight for instructors and learners.

www.learningandviolence.net – A collaboration of research and classroom practices related to violence and learning, initiated by Jenny Horsman. The site includes free printable instructional activities and resources.

www.englishexpress.ca – This is a site with online stories for literacy learners. Many of the stories include audio tracks, so learners can listen as they read.

www.grassrootsbooks.net – Grass Roots Press – sells adult literacy learning and instructional materials.

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