advanced ESL

red medical cross with blue doctor staff

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Mission Statement: Minnesota’s public health system is known as one of the best in the nation. It is built upon a strong partnership between the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), local public health agencies, tribal governments and a range of other organizations. The department’s mission is to protect, maintain and improve the health of all Minnesotans.

word cloud containing the words balance, debit, credit, overdraft, statement, withdraw, interest, transaction, transfer, and deposit.

Thanks to Ami Christensen, US English Language Fellow in Bangkok, Thailand, for sharing this activity!

Purpose:  To help learners review vocabulary in a creative and highly visual manner while they practice listening to one another.

Preparation Time:  About 15 minutes  to create a word cloud example and write some example definitions

Materials Needed:  Computers with printing access; if not available, paper and pens (the activity is more fun when students can use colored pencils or markers)

film unrolling behind a movie film canister

Purpose:  A fun and engaging way to practice speaking that incorporates media and encourages student to get creative and utilize critical thinking skills.

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  A short clip from a movie or TV show. Ideally the clip will have lots of action or physical humor, or show a scene where something confusing or mysterious is happening.

Procedure:

clip art image of a man pointing at a powerpoint presentation with a pointer

Purpose: To learn complex subject matter through a PowerPoint information gap activity. This promotes teamwork within student groups as well as working together as a whole class to become familiar with complex material.

Transitions Integration Framework category/skill/sub-skill:

Effective Communication

Skill 1: Engage positively and actively with individuals in both one-on-one and team settings to accomplish goals

Image of red corded phone

Purpose:  To have students gain experience differentiating between closely related sounds that impact their English pronunciation through producing minimal pairs. A minimal pair is a pair of words that differ only by one sound that is in the same position of each word. For example, ship/sheep or bet/bed.

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  Five minimal pairs that contain sounds that the students struggle with producing. Examples:

Male detective wearing a trench coat and a hat holding a magnifying glass up to their left eye

Purpose: To have students use context to find the meaning of words and the main idea of the overall passage.


Transitions Integration Framework category/skill/sub-skill:

·         Learning Strategies

o   Skill 3: Apply appropriate strategies to compensate for and fill in gaps in knowledge

§  Sub-skill  c: Use context and what you know to figure out or guess meaning of language

 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Male detective wearing a trench coat and a hat holding a magnifying glass up to their left eye

Purpose: To have students use context to find the meaning of words and the main idea of the overall passage.


Transitions Integration Framework category/skill/sub-skill:

·         Learning Strategies

o   Skill 3: Apply appropriate strategies to compensate for and fill in gaps in knowledge

§  Sub-skill  c: Use context and what you know to figure out or guess meaning of language

 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

A class of beginning level adult ESL students read together off of the board

Adult ESL Training Videos

Looking for some free, high quality videos about teaching English to adult immigrants? New American Horizons offers twelve free videos of teachers working in classes with ESL students. The videos include numerous activity ideas as well as classroom management and teaching methodology recommendations. All of the videos are available on their site: http://www.newamericanhorizons.org/training-videos. Many of the videos are of teachers and learners right here in Minnesota! 

The cover of the new book Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing, 2016

Journeys 2016: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing will be available on May 26! In its 27th year, Journeys 2016 collects and showcases short written pieces by 600 Adult Basic Education learners from every corner of Minnesota and from more than 60 countries of origin. Their written pieces are personal, humorous, tragic, and inspirational.

Hand holding a card

Purpose: to practice the meanings of vocabulary words

Prep Time: 0-20 minutes, depending on availability of the materials

Materials: sets of about 10 word cards—either with text or a picture on each card

Prep: gather the materials

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