Adult Education Open Community of Resources

This group provides an opportunity for adult educators and learners to organize materials dedicated to supporting Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Adult English as a Second Language (Adult ESL) teaching and learning. Adult educators and learners are encouraged to join this open community to share high-quality, high-interest materials for adult learners with low literacy levels preparing for the GED, new career opportunities, increased participation in their children’s education, English language learning, and other important skills. We strongly encourage you to tag each resource you use and evaluate as “Adult Basic Education” or “Adult ESL” so others will also be able to find these adult learner-appropriate material.
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Adult ESL

Silent Letters

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This light activity deals with "silent letters" of English language which are encountered in a large number of English language words. Students read a fairly simple dialogue with the blanks for words containing silent letters. Silent letters, however, are listed while the rest of the letters are blanked. Students find the missing words and become aware of silent letters. Great activity for a warm-up.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Author: not stated

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The website is a repository of games and activities for children that can also be used with adults. Features hundreds of games listed covering virtually all occasions: day or night, indoor and outdoor, from small quiet games through to large boisterous games and wide games for when you have acres of space to play in.

Material Type: Game

Author: Kit Logan

Career Gates: Soft Skills

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Career Gates: Soft Skills highlights the skills employees need to be successful. These include communication, eye-contact, listening, teamwork, positive attitude, proper handshake, professional appearance and respect. Soft skills are the abilities to get along with others, resolve conflict and work together towards a common goal. These skills can be a strong indicator in why you get a job or why you don't get a job. A desire to learn and an ability to learn, you can advance. Many companies will hire people that have soft skills over someone with more technical skills because technical skills can be taught more easily.

Material Type: Lecture

English Language Centre Study Zone

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Study Zone is made up of levels. Each level has language topics (grammar,reading vocabulary, puzzles). Each topic has lessons. Lessons include exercises to help adult students improve their English. There are five levels available: Upper Beginner, Lower Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, and Advanced.

Material Type: Interactive

Author: ELC teachers

Identifying Text Structure

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This is a lesson plan, student worksheet, and teacher answer key to introduce identifying text structures and using appropriate graphic organizers (GO) for each text structure. There is an introduction with a video lecture from which students can get basic information and examples on 6 text structures. There is a link to more guided and independent work in this area. The author used this lesson in a pre-GED Adult Basic Education class with non-native English speakers who read at a 5.0 - 8.0 GLE.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Heather Turngren

10g. The Declaration of Independence

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The moment had finally come. Far too much bad blood existed between the colonial leaders and the crown to consider a return to the past. More and more colonists felt deprived by the British not only of their money and their civil liberties, but their lives as well. Bloodshed had begun over a year ago and there seemed little chance of a ceasefire. The radical wing of the Continental Congress was gaining strength with each passing day. It was time for a formal break with mother England. It was time to declare independence.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Reading

Verbs at Work

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This is a PowerPoint of common verbs used in the workplace and at home. It can be used for beginning level English language learners. Part 1 uses clip art of 16 verbs and part 2 uses Brendan Tuttle’s artistic illustrations of 28 verbs. The additional PowerPoint is a handout for students to write the verb under the picture and there is also a list of suggested activities for the teacher.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration

Author: Angy Folkes

Traveling Circuits Lesson 3: My Robotic Friends

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Using a predefined “Robot Vocabulary” your students will figure out how to guide one another to accomplish specific tasks without discussing them first. This segment teaches students the connection between symbols and actions, as well as the valuable skill of debugging. If time allows, there is an option to introduce functions at the end of the lesson. Objectives: • Learn to convert real-world activities into instructions • Gain practice coding instructions with symbols • Gain understanding of the need for precision in coding • Gain practice debugging malfunctioning code • Understand the usefulness of functions and parameters (grades 7+)

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Thinkersmith

Alphabet Sounds - Literacy Level Adult ESOL

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Resources for learning the abc Letter Names and Sounds. Originally created for adult English learners who are not literate in their native language. Each letter corresponds with a picture word to help memorize the letter sounds. Flashcards, an abc chart, and a wall chart are available to download. Game ideas area also included.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Interactive

Author: Jennifer Christenson