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Learn about the global refugee experience through three short and engaging videos.

The Refugee Process | Wilmot Collins | TEDxHelena

What is the process that refugees have to go through in settling into the United States? Mr. Wilmot Collins is a refugee from Liberia who was forced to flee the Liberian civil war. Mr. Collins arrived in the United States in 1994, and he now resides in Helena, Montana with his wife, daughter, and son. To Wilmot, the U.S. means a second chance.

Paper titled New Year's Resolutions

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/

snowman in front of pine trees

Winter is a huge part of life in Minnesota, and the snow and cold is everyone’s favorite topic of conversation. Help your students learn how to talk about winter and have fun doing it! Follow the links to the resources below to find hundreds of classroom resources about winter in Minnesota.

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Three Karen people wearing traditional clothing

Burma is home to more than 135 different ethnic groups, each with its own culture, values, history and language. Over the past 15 years, refugees from Burma have resettled in Minnesota. Today, there are more than 12,000 Karen people live in Minnesota, making it the largest Karen community in the country. Minnesota is also home to more than 1,000 refugees from other ethnic groups in Burma. Refugees from Burma come to Minnesota for the same reasons many people do: to find good jobs, access high-quality education, and connect with a strong community.

Smiling Ethiopian woman sitting at a table

In the wake of the recent executive order that was recently passed that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely, there have been numerous online and in-person conversations around this topic. When looking for information regarding refugee resettlement, it can be frustrating and time-consuming to sift through the massive amount of information that is available to us online.

blue and white stripped circle with red stars and the word vote

Thanks to Meredith Sommers for creating and contributing this great resource!

Thousands of students who are taking English, Adult Basic Education or Citizenship classes are, or will be, eligible to vote in the upcoming elections. Even if students are not eligible to vote, they can encourage and coach others on the voting process. They also have values and opinions that they can express to friends or family who are eligible voters.

green ribbon that reads mental health awareness

This free, online course was created by PANDA: Minnesota Adult Basic Education Disability Specialists in order to carry forward the mission of their organization: Providing Minnesota Adult Basic Education programs with disability support, knowledge and resources to increase academic opportunities for students. 

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Tutor Tip

 

Purpose: Practice question formation and social encounters

Preparation time: 0 minutes

Materials needed: ¼ sheet of paper (to use as crib sheet)

Preparation: Distribute sheets of paper to learners.

Procedure: 

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.

jack-o'-lantern

Purpose:   To give learners a brief introduction to an often mystifying American holiday. The procedure listed below gives student practice with using reading strategies to increase comprehension.

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