Discussion: What advice can you offer ...?

Hello colleagues, One of the most common questions that comes up for teachers is how to effectively differentiate for learners at different levels. In fact, two teachers just asked me this question this week. I always say that there is no such thing as an ESL class that is not multilevel. Some are just a lot more multilevel than others. What advice can you offer on ways to effectively differentiate for learners at various levels? Can you offer a concrete example for a speaking and listening task? How about for a reading and writing task?

Discussion: Gun Violence & Student Activisim

Hello colleagues, I know many of us and the learners we serve are deeply concerned about gun violence. This issue has erupted on the national stage once again after the tragedy in Parkland, Florida last week. I'm wondering if teachers are discussing the issue in their classes. How are you approaching this and how have students responded?.

Thanks for sharing your insights on this incredibly important topic here.

Susan Finn Miller, Moderator Teaching & Learning CoP



Discussion: Adult Learner Transportation Subsidy Pilot Program


For many adult basic skills programs student services such as childcare, on-site advising and counseling, and transportation are difficult or impossible to get funded. This article from Street Sense Media offers information about a new pilot transportation subsidy in Washington D.C. (in the District itself) for adult basic skills learners. This is the pertinent paragraph:

Discussion: Measuring Impact of Technology in a Tech-Rich Environment

Greetings, I am hoping to get some advice from this community. Our team is interested in measuring the impact of technology in adult basic ESL/GED classes. We face two challenges, 1) many classes have tech integration 2) finding a measurement to reflect impact of tech integration. In other words, how can we effectively evaluate student and instructor use of the tech if they have already been exposed? Below are a few initial ideas. I am interested in hearing other approaches.

Discussion: Lots of technology sessions at COABE this year!

Hi all,

I was just looking over the sessions for COABE 2018 and I'm excited to see so many technology sessions!  I'd love to hear from any other presenters in the group, and also which sessions people who are going to attend COABE are particularly excited about.  Here's the link to the sessions by date 

Notice: Strengthening Partnerships for the Manufacturing Workforce

OCTAE is pleased to host the first in a series of peer-to-peer conversations, titled "Strengthening Partnerships for the Manufacturing Workforce." On Monday, February 26 at 12:15 p.m. ET we will discuss "Vertical Integration in Your Manufacturing Partnership". Panelists will tackle topics like working with the K-12 system, incorporating CTE resources into workforce development, and building networked approaches for education and training. Please join us for this dynamic exchange! See details below for registration information. 

Discussion: TABE 11-12 Paper-Based Test Scheduling Times

If you must give paper-based TABE, be aware that the time and staff needed for testing is going to be multiplied.

After the Locator, each level (E, M, D, A) will require a SEPARATE test session! The directions, examples, and timing is different for each level.


Here is an example-

Possible Schedule- TABE 11-12

Day 1- Locator Math and Reading- 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 2- Reading and Math Level E- 4 hours

Day 3- Reading and Math Level M- 4 hours

Day 4- Reading and Math Level D- 4 hours

Day 5- Reading and Math Level A- 4 hours

Discussion: Teaching Students From Gen Z/multigeneration classes

Hi, I'm the freelance editor of Notebook, a newsletter published three times a year by ProLiteracy for adult educators. I'm working on a story about tips to teaching Generation Z, and I was wondering what adult ed instructors do to make their teaching more effective for Gen Z students. However, feel free to share your ideas for any multigenerational class setting. This doesn't have to be limited to ESOL classes; it could also be high school prep or basic literacy.

Discussion: Citing Research

Writing Teaching Colleagues,

Infographic showing how to cite research using MLA standards

Discussion: Chart It!

As we approach the end of this African American History Month, how would you like to address two critical academic and workplace skills related the topic? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has just published a report, "African-Americans in the American Workforce," featured in this month's Workforce GPS newsletter. The report includes a bar chart showing the participation rate of African American Officials and Managers from 1966-2013. 


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