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TO:  All Managers, Coordinators and Lead Teachers

 

Please mark your calendars for our FY18 Web Chat with MNABE webinars!   

 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 1:00-2:30

Registration: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/8365382814457229826

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 1:00-2:30

My name is Kehinde Winful, and I am a Community Outreach Intern with the Minnesota Literacy Council this summer.

Last week I went to an outreach event at a local elementary school to share information about free classes for adults. After the event I began thinking of ways in which we can better reach and share information about classes with adults who do not speak English. This blog is a reflection of that thought process. It ends by sharing how volunteers can help us reach prospective, non-English speaking students.

clipart picture of four adults sitting around a table looking at a piece of paper

Thanks to Sheri Lear for sharing this great activity!

Purpose:  For learners to develop discussion skills and practice citing evidence as they improve their reading comprehension skills

Preparation Time:  10 mins

Materials Needed:  6-10 text dependent reading questions on a handout

Procedure:

Just Plain Clear Glossary logo

I recently attended a Health Literacy Group meeting and discovered a wealth of information I was not previously aware of. One of the best resources I feel our students (and staff) will find useful is the website glossary Just Plain Clear developed by the UnitedHealth Group. 142,540 visits were recorded last year to the Just Plain Clear website and the fact it is done in 3 languages ( English, Spanish, Portuguese) is certainly a bonus.

Dr. William Snyder is an English professor at Concordia College who has contributed his teaching skills and expertise to adult literacy students by volunteering in the Moorhead Adult Basic Education program for the past 10 years. He volunteers Thursday mornings in an ESL classroom, where he and his students sit around a conference table and discuss a pre-selected news article. William does this so his students are more comfortable with colloquial and newer vocabulary, and so they are up–to-date on current events.

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Purpose:  Reviewing a text in a small group setting can prompt learners to recall a greater amount of points and details than they would if they reviewed it independently. Additionally, turning the review into a fun and challenging game helps to engage leaners in the reviewing process.

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  Reading text

Procedure:

Give and Take spelled out in tiles

Purpose:  To encourage learners to practice brainstorming and interacting with their classmates

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  None

Procedure:

  1. Give the learners a topic, and have them brainstorm a list of words associated with that topic for 1-2 minutes.

Examples:

Things you find in a school

Fruits and vegetables

Founded in 2006, the mission of the Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership is to improve the health of all Minnesotans through clear health communication.As part of that mission , the organization has just released a new Health Literacy Toolkit.

a hand being held up to an ear to listen

Purpose:  To give learners practice listening for key information

Preparation Time:  15 minutes

Materials Needed:  Several different audio tracks with listening comprehension questions for each of them, mini-whiteboards

Procedure:

mathematical graph

Graphing calculators have been a staple of the standardized testing organizations for years with several having approved the Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus calculator for use on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT college entrance exams, IB and AP tests. That may change due to developments in app technology. The software company Desmos has developed a free graphic calculator app that can be embedded into online tests freeing students from having to purchase an expensive (around $100 new) device to aid them in their education.

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