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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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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

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

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

Fishy Fun

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This material contains 5 incomplete tongue twisters.Student will complete each line by adding the same letter. Students practice saying the tongue twisters in pairs and/or with the instructor. Second activity has fishing vocabulary with missing first and last letters and matching definitions.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Author: unknown

Listen Up!

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This activity deals with the concept of rhyming. This concept is not immediately understood by most students and needs to be explained first with ample examples. The activity consists of groups of 3 words two of which rhyme and one doesn't. Students read the words or listen to the instructor and select the word that doesn't rhyme. They are then directed to pick a specific letter from the "wrong" word and write it in a separate column. After completing the assignment students unscramble the letters trying to form a meaningful expression related to listening which in this case is "I'm all ears".

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Interactive

Author: not stated

Elder Literacy Initiative

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This curriculum was developed for volunteers working 1:1 with pre-literate ESL students. All materials are ready-made and available digitally through dropbox or google drive. This curriculum is organized by 13 instructional themes that are relevant and authentic to adults of any age, with a special focus on learners who are 65+. The curriculum guidelines are informed by Massachusetts ABE Basic Literacy Standards, training materials from the Minnesota Literacy Council, and Transitions Integration Framework. The materials are easy to use with pre-literate learners 1:1, in small groups, or in classroom settings. All activities are leveled and include detailed instructions, tips, and extension ideas. This curriculum can be adapted and edited to suit your community. For more information, please visit www.elderliteracy.org .

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Authors: Burgen Young, Lisa Vogl, Missy Staloch

Starfall Reading Program

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The Starfall reading program is designed to be fun, exciting, and to instill confidence in young children as they learn to read. The website and companion printed materials are clear and effective tools to help you implement proven teaching methods. Our website was created by carefully observing the way children learn using a computer. The Starfall Website is easy for students to navigate independently, but it is not intended as a surrogate for the teacher. Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game

Maximizing Area: Gold Rush

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This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students are able to: Interpret a situation and represent the variables mathematically; select appropriate mathematical methods to use; explore the effects on the area of a rectangle of systematically varying the dimensions whilst keeping the perimeter constant; interpret and evaluate the data generated and identify the optimum case; and communicate their reasoning clearly.

Material Type: Assessment, Lesson Plan

ACES: Effective Communication

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ACES (Academic, Career & Employability Skills) The goal of ACES is to ensure that Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs are able to provide effective contextualized instruction integrating post-secondary education and training readiness, employability skills, and career readiness at all levels. The Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) is the cornerstone of ACES. It was designed to provide ABE programs and instructors with guidance on the effective integration of transitions skills into instruction at all levels of ABE. The TIF defines the academic, career, and employability skills essential for adult learners to successfully transition to post-secondary education, career training, the workplace, and community involvement. The ACES Resource Library contains tools to help ABE practitioners incorporate the TIF skills into lessons and instructional settings and provides materials that can be used directly with adult learners.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Heather Turngren

ACES: Learning Strategies

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ACES (Academic, Career & Employability Skills) The goal of ACES is to ensure that Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs are able to provide effective contextualized instruction integrating post-secondary education and training readiness, employability skills, and career readiness at all levels. The Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) is the cornerstone of ACES. It was designed to provide ABE programs and instructors with guidance on the effective integration of transitions skills into instruction at all levels of ABE. The TIF defines the academic, career, and employability skills essential for adult learners to successfully transition to post-secondary education, career training, the workplace, and community involvement. The ACES Resource Library contains tools to help ABE practitioners incorporate the TIF skills into lessons and instructional settings and provides materials that can be used directly with adult learners.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Heather Turngren