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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.

text to 911 picture

On Tuesday, the state rolled out a statewide program allowing Minnesotans to text 911. While officials still want you to call 911 if possible, texting can be the first option for those deaf or hearing impaired along with those in situations where actually calling may be dangerous. 

While the ABE field is just beginning to move with its efforts to use cell phones in the classroom, I feel this is one skill that should be taught regardless if you have a set curriculum for cell phones or not.

 

Lincoln ABE – Mankato volunteer Jo Johnson has been volunteering in English language classes (ESL) for 17 years. She knew there was a need for adult literacy volunteers, and she was finally able to start volunteering after her retirement. Jo always suspected it would be a good volunteer opportunity for her, but she’s been pleasantly surprised by just how wonderful adult ESL has been.

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:

     December is one of those months that seem to fly by despite our best attempts to get as much as possible done before the end of the year.  In an effort , not to make your day more hectic, but to inform you of some great opportunites ,  here are some great goings-on this month.

 

image of SPARC Conference webpage

If you are planning on attending the ABE Support Services Conference this week  and are looking for tech related sessions, fear not, there are three great ones to choose from.  Susan Wentenkamp-Brandt will present on Google Forms, Jenny Shlukebier will share tips and tricks for getting your SiD Reports into Excel and GED Testing Services staff will review whats new including GED Live. All these session will take place on Friday December 1st.

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

Procedure:

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

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.

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:

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