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Screen shot of I am a Refugee video

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.

Teacher and adult ESL learner looking into a handheld mirror

The Minnesota Literacy Council has produced four 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.

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.

Cover of the Shaping the Way We Teach resource book

Shaping the Way We Teach English: From Observation to Action

Shaping the Way We Teach English is a teacher-training course consisting of fourteen video-based modules with a supporting training manual and supplementary resources. Each modules is a ten to fifteen minute video segment with examples from classrooms and educators around the world. Each module also has corresponding readings and support materials that can be printed and copied.

This spring I had the pleasure of speaking with Anne Glassman from the Lakeville Area Learning Center, and her lead volunteer Angie Farrell, about their Skype Coaching program.  This innovative program matches volunteer tutors with adult English learners for one-to-one coaching in English via Skype, an Internet-based video calling service.  The Coa

Saint Paul Neighborhood Network is a community media center. SPNN empowers people to use media and communications to better lives, use authentic voice and build common understanding.  We operate five channels on the Comcast cable system and reach over 55,000 cable households in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

It's back-to-school time again!  Here's a message all our learners - adults and children, students and teachers - need to hear and take to heart:  You Can Learn Anything.

Watch it, share it, believe it!

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Thank you to Jessica Jones and her class at Open Door Learning Center for showing us how this activity works with a video!

Purpose to use reading, writing, speaking a listening skills while working with a partner

Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Materials: signs for students to read, paper and pens

Purpose: to practice vocabulary or grammar using a model sentence Prep Time: five minutes Materials:a ball or small stuffed animal Prep: Obtain a ball or stuffed animal for students to toss. Choose the model sentence(s) that the students will say during the activiy. Procedure:
Sometimes music is the best way to get express oneself.

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