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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.

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Purpose:  To help learners practice identifying and reviewing the main information from a reading

Preparation Time:  none

Materials Needed:  a reading text, highlighters

Procedure:

What is your name? Sophie Liautaud

Where do you volunteer? Open Door Learning Center - Northeast

What is your volunteer role? One-on-one tutor

What is your favorite thing about volunteering? I love seeing students "get" the material. When concepts or vocabulary click with a student, they become thrilled! Being able to be a part of that learning process makes everything worthwhile.

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The Minnesota Literacy Council has produced six 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. All of the pronunciation videos can be found at http://mnliteracy.org/classroomvideos. Check out videos on other topics, including teaching the College and Career Readiness Standards, classroom activities, and working with literacy level learners.  

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This online reading text repository was designed to create leveled reading selections that are appropriate for and valued by adult learners.  These materials, combined with the research-proven strategies of repeated reading and guided oral reading, aid in building learners' fluency and comprehension skills. This project helps adults become better readers and more informed consumers, parents, employees, citizens and community members.  The focus of these reading selections includes topics such as:  Civics, Employment, Housing, Health, School, Money, and Government. 

Throughout the years, Microsoft has made a number of "not so helpful" changes to their operating systems , adding Snipping Tool is not one of those changes.  Those familar with Jing or Snagit   will recognize Snipping Tool as a very easy to use desktop clipping tool. One of the primary differences is that Snipping Tool is already built into your Windows 7 and Window10 system.  If you  have not used it before,  access it by clicking on your Start Button and start typing in Snipping Tool.

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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/

"Competency-Based Adult Education and Blended Learning"

 

Date: Friday, January 5, 2018

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST

Presented By: David Rosen

 

It's hard to be great at everything.

New year, new blog features! After many successful years of our Literacy Leader feature, we've decided to introduce a new feature for 2018 called Share Your Voice so we can hear directly from you – our incredible volunteers. We know your time as a volunteer has an incredible impact on students and communities across the state. But how has being a volunteer had an impact on you? We’d love to know! This is your chance to share the joys, challenges and everything in between from your life as a volunteer.

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