Purpose: Picture stories are a multi-level resource that is especially valuable for working with beginning language learners. They can be used to build vocabulary, conversation, reading and writing skills.
Prep Time: 10-30 minutes, depending on the number of sets needed and the number of activity variations to plan for
Materials: one set of 4 to 10 pictures per pair of students; pencils and notebooks
Mohamed Mohamed has been volunteering at Open Door Learning Center- Lake St. for quite some time. 1,212 hours to be exact. That is equal to 50.5 days of around the clock volunteering. Mohamed was originally a student at Open Door- Lake St. but gradually started volunteering while he attended class. After enrolling in college, Mohamed wanted to stay connected to Open Door so he began volunteering in the College and Career Preparation class.
Purpose: Picture cards and picture stories are great for both introducing and practicing vocabulary for beginning English learners and in multi-level classes. This tip explains how to create your own. Watch for future tips with ideas for using them.
Materials: presentation software (such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Google slides, or similar), a printer, and scissors
"Give to the max day is coming so we are excited about that. In the next couple of weeks we will know if we will receive a couple of grants we want, and next week we have a fundraiser at the Pizza Ranch for the high school Cultures United Club."
The first fifteen to twenty minutes of an adult class can feel chaotic and unproductive. Students are arriving late after dropping off children at school or coming from work, and they trickle in a few at a time. How can we make the best of this time?
Purpose: To direct students’ attention to the teacher
Prep Time: None
Although we appreciate adult learners’ enthusiasm, the side chatter that results can be frustrating. Chances are there are classmates who are bothered by the side chatter as well. When it is time to listen to the teacher, try teaching students one of the following procedures: