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Intercambio is a national organization based out of Boulder Colorado with a powerful vision: communities where all people communicate, connect, and succeed. Their mission is to improve immigrant lives through English education, and unite communities across cultures.  

To that end, they provide a wide variety of tools for adult ESL programs, including affordable textbooks and teaching resources, teacher training webinars, immigrant guides, and program support for new and existing programs.

three words with large and small circles behind them to show the stress patterns

Purpose:  To help learners become familiar with the word stress patterns of their vocabulary words through using a visual support

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  None

Procedure:

A red pencil making editing corrections on a typed paper

Purpose:  To help learners practice using correct grammar, and to develop proof-reading skills so that learners can become more independent with self-corrections

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  A short passage with several errors, or sentences or a worksheet with errors

hand writing in notebook

Purpose:  To help learners improve their writing skills and practice grammar tenses

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  sets of comprehension questions (see example below)

Example 1:

  1. What was Ahmed’s job?
  2. What does he do at his job?
  3. Why does he like his job?
  4. When does he go to work?
  5. What does Ahmed do after work?

Example 2:

What is your name? Evan Brewer

Where do you volunteer? Cedar Valley Learning Center in Apple Valley

What is your volunteer role? Teacher Assistant

What is your favorite thing about volunteering? Providing educational and emotional support to people who are living through these turbulent times is very important.

A girl holding a paper plate on her head and drawing on it with a black marker

Purpose:  This popular party game helps learners build familiarity with prepositions of place while having lots of laughs

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  pencils or markers, paper plates (preferably the ones without a coating), a list of instructions

Procedure:

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

Procedure:

Copies of guided reading prompts booklets

This blog post from Scholastic.com (http://www.scholastic.com/home/) 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

Procedure:

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. 

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