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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Percent Shopping

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Students solve five problems in each level of this interactive game, beginning by selecting from one to five toys and adding their prices. This determines the challenge level of the activity. In Level 1, students find the sale price when the original price and percent discount are known. In Level 2, they find the percent discount when the original price and the sale price are known.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

A Visit to the Local Supermarket

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This lesson introduces ESOL or ELL students to common food items and their location on supermarket shelves. The lesson also provides an overview of the organization of supermarkets and the distribution of food items along different aisles. Materials include a list of vocabulary, cooperative learning activities, and a handout to complete while visiting the supermarket.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Patricia Petherbridge-Hernandez

Taxes Are FUN!

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Taxes are part of daily life in the United States. The activities included in this lesson plan introduce ESL students to income taxes, the important date for submission of income tax returns, and the simple forms most students will need to complete. A variety of materials and resources are provided.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Patricia Petherbridge-Hernandez

CollectEdNY

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CollectEdNY is a collaborative project of the New York State Education Department, The City University of New York Adult Literacy/HSE Program and the Literacy Assistance Center. The goal of this project is to offer adult literacy educators with a platform to share their wisdom and expertise. Adult literacy teachers try these resources out in their classrooms and then post reviews

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Diagram/Illustration, Game, Lecture, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Conversations Questions

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Conversation questions provides lists of questions organized by topics such as holidays, fashion, films, childhood dreams, etc. One thing to bear in mind here, is that the aim is to get students talking, not just to answer yes or no to the questions, even when those questions are polar questions, and that there won't be any "right" or "wrong" answers. Although the format may look like a questionnaire, the idea is that the questions are mere prompts/cues for meaningful communication and should not just be "ticked off" in rapid succession.

Material Type: Assessment, Game, Lesson Plan

Basic Computer Skills Curriculum

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On this site you will find lesson modules covering basic computer skills developed by computer teachers* from Adult Basic Education programs in the St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium. You will find Lessons (handouts), Teacher Guides, Vocabulary Lists and Activities. Some computer skills may have several lessons associated with them and some lessons may cover several computer skills. The lessons are grouped by computer task and skill. Rather than rigidly defining a day-by-day curriculum, teachers can pick and choose lessons and activities that suit their classroom needs and student’s pace. The teachers on this project highly recommend incorporating keyboarding practice into your curriculum. Using a keyboarding program such as Mavis Beacon every day will help your students feel comfortable on the keyboard.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment

Author: St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium

Jobs Research Project for Beginning ESL Computer Lab Students

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This computer-based project was developed for my ESL Computer Lab. Students who attend this lab learn the basics of using a computer and complete mini-projects in English to build English Proficiency. This Job Research lesson may be used as a introductory lesson to preface a deeper career exploration. Additional lessons may include writing a cover letter, identifying personal jobs skills, goal-setting, writing a resume, and practicing for a job interview. However, this lesson is limited to using websites to obtain information about a job of interest to the student. At the end of the lesson, students present their slide show to the class.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Sharon Ram

Presidents Day Computer Lab Research Project for Beginning ESL Students

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This computer-based project was developed for my ESL Computer Lab. Students who attend this lab learn the basics of using a computer and complete mini-projects in English to build English Proficiency. This lesson coincides with Presidents's Day so students can learn about the previous and current US Presidents and their contribution to America. Students share their research with each other in Google Drive. The culminating activity is a group game that only included information the students have provided.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Interactive, Lesson Plan

Author: Sharon Ram

Connect With English

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Through the story of Rebecca, an aspiring singer on a journey across America, Connect With English touches on life's important issues: leaving home, parenting, education, work, love, success, and loss. All of the characters use meaningful, natural language that students can put to work immediately in their own lives. Each episode features dialogue that is slightly slowed down and subtly simplified. Key lines are repeated, idioms paraphrased, and important events retold. There are constant visual clues to meaning, such as written signs, notes, and documents. Facial expressions, gestures, and body language also reveal meaning for students. Closed captioning can be used as a teaching and literacy resource. For levels from high beginning through low and high intermediate. A video instructional series in English as a second language for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 50 fifteen-minute video programs.

Material Type: Lecture

Using Sentence Strips to Practice Transition Words

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This lesson works well with developing writers to help them learn to incorporate transition words into their writing. Students begin by manipulating sentence strips to illustrate how changing the transition words in a piece of text changes the overall meaning. Then they complete a chart that helps them to understand that there are a variety of transition words, and they are used for specific purposes and to signal different relationships between ideas. This material was remixed based on Transition Words and Phrases by DPI Writing Strategies. 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

Logical Fallacies Student Exploration Chart

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This chart can be used by students to record what they learn about the logical fallacies that are explained on the website yourlogicalfallacyis.com This chart can be altered by users to focus on any logical fallacies that are relevant to the lesson. The column headings can also be changed to create a new chart that students can use to identify and track examples of logical fallacies that appear in any text.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Interactive

Author: Stephanie Sommers