Discussion: LESLLA

Hello All

Please see the announcement below from LESLLA (Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults). LESLLA is an international group that focuses its efforts on adult language learners with interrupted or limited formal schooling. Please read through the announcement for more information.  


Discussion: Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

Has anyone read this book with ELL students?  Our adult ed program is using this book for our student Book Club this spring.  Over two months, we will have about 100 students in four class levels (CASAS reading scores approx.185-225) reading and discussing the book in class.  Then we plan to gather as a large group for a final event/celebration in May.

If you’ve used this book, any resources you could share would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance for your help!


Event: WorkforceGPS: WIOA State Plans - Using the Online Portal for Plan Submission

In coming weeks, states will be submitting the required two-year modification for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plans.  This training provides an overview of the submission platform, a.k.a. the State Plan Portal, and its features.  

Topics will include how to obtain an account, permission levels, navigation of the portal, data entry, how to ensure the contents of the plan are 508-compliant, and other mechanics of using the system.  This training is intended for new users as well as those who need to refresh their knowledge.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Online webinar

Discussion: 2018 Winter Olympics Lesson Ideas

Hello colleagues, The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea, beginning February 9 through February 25.

Here is a link to a great many lesson ideas on the Education Word website. Many of these lesson ideas look super interesting and include printables. The site includes lessons on:

Discussion: Wordless Picture Books as Writing Prompts

In talking with one of my colleagues  about wordless picture books as a prompt for ESOL student writing, she said that the books in the list below were very Eurocentric and that it would be good if we could find some wordless picture books that would reflect the experiences of learners from the southern hemisphere. Any suggestions?

Anno’s Italy by Mitsumasa Anno

Anno’s Journey by Mitsumasa Anno

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Flotsam by David Wiesner

June 29, 1999 by David Wiesner

Discussion: What study skills do you emphasize and teach?

Hello colleagues, There have been lively discussions among HSE and bridge teachers in my local program about incorporating study skills into our instruction. What study skills do you emphasize and teach? Can you share any anecdotes about how study skills have led to successful outcomes for students? Please share any online resources you've found to be helpful!

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller

Moderator, Teaching & Learning CoP

Discussion: Non-fiction in ESL class?

Hello colleagues, Many ESL teachers are getting acquainted with the College and Career Readiness Standards and Key Instructional Advances articulated by the standards for English Language Arts. The Key Instructional Advances include:

Discussion: Resume-Writing Tips: Lots of Them!

I have just received an email from the president and CEO of Great Resumes Fast, Jessica Hernandez, sharing the information on her site, greatresumesfast.com. I reviewed her "131 Resume Writing Tips-The Most Comprehensive List of Resume Writing Tips on the Internet." Some of the tips will not be useful to ABE students (too sophisticated), but I found several that I apply when teaching resume writing. 

Discussion: Topics for Our Dialoguing Pleasure

Our community is charged with addressing the following topics in our discussions. Each topic includes a treasure chest of ideas, best practices, challenges, research, and innovations.  As a member of this Reading and Writing professional community, I invite you to review the topics below. Which appeal to you the most? Which represent areas where you have some expertise? 
  1. Essential Components of reading instruction
  2. Serving individuals with a barrier to employment including those who have low levels of literacy skills
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Discussion: Welcome New 2018 Members!

We have two new members this month, Sayyid Tirmizi and Jane Pugliese. Please welcome them to our friendly and active community.
Jane   was kind enough to complete her profile, as follows:


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