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This month’s Literacy Leader, Pat Teskey, believes that helping newcomers is part of her civic duty as a Minnesotan. “I think it is the responsibility of our community to help immigrants and refugees feel welcomed,” she says. For five years, Pat has been volunteering in adult ESL classrooms at SouthWest Metro Intermediate District ABE program in Shakopee. She had previously worked with K-12 ESL students within public schools and wanted to work with adults after she retired.

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Adapted from www.teachingenglishgames.com. Check out their website to find other great suggestions for games for the ESL classroom!

Purpose:  Review grammar, vocabulary, or sentence structures and practice writing by using fill-in-the-blank worksheets to create a dynamic team game.

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  Several copies of a worksheet, blank pieces of paper

Procedure:

picture of a paper with sentences and pictures written on it

Purpose:  A super fun game that is guaranteed to generate a lot of laughter and gives learners a chance to practice writing in a low pressure setting.

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  1 piece of blank paper per learner

Procedure:

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This month’s Literacy Leader is Andrew Lauwagie, a volunteer at Cedar Riverside Adult Education Collaborative (CRAEC). Since May 2016, Andrew has been volunteering each Tuesday morning in a Level 1 ESL class. He gained an interest in teaching English while he was working in a family practice clinic in Minneapolis.

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Error correction and feedback is an essential part of the learning process, but it can be difficult to provide each individual learner with targeted corrections and feedback during writing assignments, particularly if the class is large.

A simple way to involve the whole class while giving corrections and feedback is to use class writing time as an opportunity to gather data regarding writing errors, and then write them on the board to correct as a class, rather than speaking to each individual learner.

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Playing board games in English class is a great way to make speaking and grammar practice fun and engaging, while making sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to speak. The American English website has a series of board games that are free to download and print. The board games are part of the Activate: Games for Learning American English collection.

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New resource for teachers and tutors! Now you can watch a video of this activity and print a PDF of the instructions at http://mnliteracy.org/classroomvideos. If you are unable to click on this link from your email, view this tutor tip on the Minnesota Literacy Council website to access this link.

Purpose:  To verbally reinforce vocabulary and sentence structures

Preparation Time:  5 minutes                    

Materials Needed:  Pictures and/or appropriate props

Group of human figures talking in partners

New resource for teachers and tutors! Now you can watch a video of this activity and print a PDF of the instructions at http://mnliteracy.org/classroomvideos. If you are unable to click on this link from your email, view this tutor tip on the Minnesota Literacy Council website to access this link.

Thanks to Meghan Boyle for sharing this activity!

Purpose:  To reinforce the students’ familiarity with vocabulary through interactions with classmates

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

At Franklin Learning Center in Minneapolis, Thursday afternoons are brightened by the enthusiasm of Mary Drew. Her genuine interest in the students she’s tutored over the past year and a half instills confidence in them. Mary is a retired IT consultant who heard about adult literacy work through the Hennepin County Library. Having experience travelling abroad and a love for new knowledge of cultures, it was Franklin Learning Center (FLC) that was the right fit for her.

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