advanced ESL

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.

chalk drawing of speech bubbles on an orange background

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)

Prep:
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

hand holding a magnifying glass

Purpose:  To help learners practice identifying and reviewing the main information from a reading

Preparation Time:  none

Materials Needed:  a reading text, highlighters

Procedure:

Teacher and adult ESL learner looking into a handheld mirror

The Minnesota Literacy Council has produced six new videos demonstrating how to teach pronunciation in the adult ESL classroom. Watch the videos to gain teaching techniques and discover activity ideas that can be integrated into regular ESL classes. All of the pronunciation videos can be found at http://mnliteracy.org/classroomvideos. Check out videos on other topics, including teaching the College and Career Readiness Standards, classroom activities, and working with literacy level learners.  

Adult learner wearing headphones looking at a computer with a volunteer looking on

This online reading text repository was designed to create leveled reading selections that are appropriate for and valued by adult learners.  These materials, combined with the research-proven strategies of repeated reading and guided oral reading, aid in building learners' fluency and comprehension skills. This project helps adults become better readers and more informed consumers, parents, employees, citizens and community members.  The focus of these reading selections includes topics such as:  Civics, Employment, Housing, Health, School, Money, and Government. 

paper with new year's resolution

3 Writing Activities Using New Year Resolutions for ELLs

New Year resolutions can be a great teaching tool in your writing class. Whether you are teaching a beginning writing class or an advanced composition course in college, you can create lots of engaging activities incorporating the concept of New Year resolutions to help your students develop their writing skills.

http://blog.tesol.org/3-writing-actitivities-using-new-year-resolutions-for-ells/

Clipart of magnifying glass

Purpose:  To help learners develop the ability to rapidly skim texts looking for specific information

Preparation Time:  none

Materials Needed:  a reading text, highlighters

Procedure:

Purpose:  To give learners practice with verbally summarizing a reading text

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  A class reading text

Procedure:

puppy cinaquin poem

Purpose:  To help learners stretch and develop their creative writing skills in a structured formula while reviewing parts of speech

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  Class copies of the attached Cinquain PDF handout

Procedure:

Cover page of LMI PCSL Curriculum

If you are working with higher level learners who are looking to develop professional speaking skills, the new LMI PCSL curriculum published by the US State Department is an excellent place to start.

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