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.
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.
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.
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.
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.