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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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

Compare and Contrast: Learning through Pictures, Graphs, and Charts

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This presentation is a stAIR Design. It is like an interactive PowerPoint Presentation that reviews the language and concepts of comparison and contrast in order to help students understand those vocabulary words. The presentation was helpful for beginning and intermediate ESOL students and includes keyword Vocabulary: (and), (both..and),(not only...but also), and (but). Part 2 is more advanced and contains keyword vocabulary: (equally), (just like), (similar), (the same as), (although), (different), (unlike), (whereas), and (while).

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Author: Mary Ewald

Comma Use StAIR (Stand Alone Instructional Resource)

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This interactive power point presentation is good for intermediate and advanced English Language Learners. The presentation is used to help students learn how to integrate commas into writing. The presentation includes an introduction, comma rules, and application/practice exercises. Integrates simple technology skills along the way. The Person using this presentation will need to choose "Comma Use StAIR " from the menu after following the URL Pointer. Also, I had to download and save the ppt., before I could open it.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Interactive

Author: Joshua Vander Meulen

Mobile ESL

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This is a course of lessons and practice on the system of English. It is divided into eighty-six sections. Each section covers an area of basic grammar and contains a number of exercises. The exercises are not all the same length. Some exercises have only five questions, but others have up to nine questions. This is because some areas of grammar are more important than others. This course tests your knowledge of English grammar and, more importantly, it gives you practice in using your knowledge to make correct and appropriate sentences. When you do the exercises, you will see that grammar is not just a game. Grammar has meaning - if you change some of the grammar in a sentence, you also change its meaning.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Author: Dr. James O'Driscoll

Teaching Ferguson to Adult English Language Learners

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In response to the police shooting of Mike Brown and the numerous protests and civil unrest that followed the shooting and grand jury decision, students were eager to learn about what was going on in St. Louis and Ferguson. Students saw boarded up windows walking to class. Some were afraid and not sure of their safety. They were encouraged to talk to staff about their fears and general personal safety lessons were also reviewed. The following is a story based on what was in the news. Suggested activities include: showing videos and news pictures from the web. Circle key words. Alphabetize key words. Ask students “What’s number 3?, 5?” Etc. Students can also do this in pairs. Worksheet of questions about the story. Students can also read these in pairs when completed. True false worksheet. Cloze of part of the story. Multi-level dictation of the story. Matching pictures to key words. Discussion about civil rights history, racism, police, safety.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Angy Folkes

Using Sensory Adjectives to Write Descriptive Paragraphs

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This lesson works well with developing writers to help them learn to incorporate strong sensory adjectives into their writing. Students begin by completing a Five Senses Chart and progress to writing a full descriptive paragraph based on a picture prompt. This material was remixed based on "I Spy": Using adjectives and descriptive phrases by Elizabeth Hutchens. The remixed lesson was created to be used with adult learners. The original lesson can be found by clicking on the link that is included with this resource.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Stephanie Sommers

New England Writings about Civics

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Rural Educator Writings These writings are about the efforts of teachers in Vermont and New Hampshire to explore with their classes the meaning of civic participation in rural settings. They used NELRC's Civic Participation and Community Action Sourcebook as a resource. Massachusetts Teacher Writings These writings describe the work of Massachusetts educators who want to address civic participation as they work within the state's ESOL curriculum framework. Many of their lessons refer to activities from NELRC's Civic Participation and Community Action Sourcebook.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: New England Literacy Resource Center

Intro to Microsoft Word

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Do you want to learn the basics of how to use Microsoft word? This web site offers easy to understand video lessons. In addition to the audio lessons, the site offers supplement materials.

Material Type: Lecture, Lesson Plan, Student Guide