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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.

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

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clipboard with the word summary and a checkmark

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

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  A class reading text

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Example of a cinquain poem with a blue flower

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

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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.

red dice

Purpose:  An engaging and high energy way to have learners practice writing numbers in English

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  Dice, pencils, blank paper

Procedure:

stepping stone path through water

Purpose:  To reinforce spelling in a fun and active manner that gets learners up out of their seats

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  List of vocabulary words, letters needed for the words written on index cards (one letter per card)

Procedure:

four human figures holding a four-piece puzzle

Working in a small group has tremendous advantages for adult learners; it provides the opportunity to practice their language and skills in a low-pressure setting, makes it possible for them to learn from and teach one another, and builds community in the classroom. However, sometimes certain learners take on most of the responsibility for their group, while others are reluctant to contribute. Assigning roles within the group helps to promote equal participation, and distributes accountability.

Potential Roles:

hands clapping

Purpose:  A fun and easy warm-up to help learners build their listening skills and practice distinguishing vocabulary words

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  None

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two red dice with white numbers

Purpose:  A fun and upbeat game to review spelling, vocabulary, or reading questions

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  Dice, a list of questions or vocabulary words

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