two stick figures with overlapping speech bubbles

Purpose:  To practice using vocabulary words in a conversational setting

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  list of 5-10 vocabulary words, one copy per learner


Copies of guided reading prompts booklets

This blog post from ( contains excellent teacher practices and materials that can be adapted for improving reading comprehension at any level. The post includes printable PDFs of a teacher reading prompt booklet, bookmarks, for learners, and guided reading question cards that learners can use to interact with a reading text independently or in small groups. The reading prompts are written for a third grade reading level, which can easily be used with intermediate and advanced adult ESL learners.

clouds in the shape of question marks against a blue sky

Purpose:  To keep a conversation going, learners need to be able to ask follow-up questions in English. This activity provides some support and structure as they practice using follow-up questions.

Preparation Time:  none

Materials Needed:  whiteboard, markers


image of a play button red with white arrow

Normally I don't like to copy a post from one section of our website to another but I felt this project was  really exciting, relevant to the Tech & Literacy focus and worth sharing in more than once place because the blogs have different audiences. 

We are always looking for better ways to teach technology to staff and students.

What is your name? Chueka Yang

Where do you volunteer? Minnesota Literacy Council

What is your volunteer role? Community Outreach Intern

The 21st annual GBBC will be held Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018. This is an opportunity to guide your students in discovering a number of websites, collect and report data, explore their surrounds and contribute to the greater community. The official website is The site has a great toolkit to get you started with educational and promotional resources

clipart image of red and white striped circus tent

This activity was adapted from ESL Teacher Alison Hoyer.

Purpose:  To give beginning level learners a concrete understanding of different tenses

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  a class set of cards with three different verbs written on them (one verb per card)


multi-colored speech bubbles

Purpose: To facilitate students speaking to each other, to get to know classmates and to use vocabulary related to the day’s lesson

Prep Time: 3-15 minutes

Materials: copies of the conversation grid (see link below)

Version 1: print the grid, write a title on it, and write four questions related to today’s lesson on it, and then make copies of it

Version 2: print the grid, write a title on it and make copies of it

Screen shot of I am a Refugee video

Learn about the global refugee experience through three short and engaging videos.

The Refugee Process | Wilmot Collins | TEDxHelena

What is the process that refugees have to go through in settling into the United States? Mr. Wilmot Collins is a refugee from Liberia who was forced to flee the Liberian civil war. Mr. Collins arrived in the United States in 1994, and he now resides in Helena, Montana with his wife, daughter, and son. To Wilmot, the U.S. means a second chance.



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