[Numeracy 481] Announcement: August 2010 Issue of LINCS Resource Collection News

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Kaye Beall kabeall at comcast.net
Wed Aug 11 12:43:44 EDT 2010

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)

August 2010

LINCS Resource Collections

Basic Skills


mq1eP%2FRh%2BrUeztbz28XFns> Program Management


mq1eP%2FRh%2BrUeztbz28XFns> Workforce Competitiveness


LINCS Regional Resource Centers

Region 1

Kaye Beall

Boston, MA

kaye_beall at worlded.org

Tim Ponder

Kent, OH

tponder at literacy.kent.edu

Region 2

Beth Ponder

Knoxville, TN

baponder at utk.edu

Region 3

Paul Heavenridge

Oakland, CA

pheaven at literacyworks.org

Welcome to LINCS Resource Collection News!

In this edition, we feature the
<http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/RC_workforce.html> Workforce
Competitiveness Collection, which covers workforce education, English
language acquisition, and technology. Each month, Collections News features
one of the three LINCS Resource Collections-Basic Skills, Program
Management, and Workforce Competitiveness-and introduces research-based
resources that you can use in your adult basic education and family literacy
programs and classrooms.

What's New in the Workforce Competitiveness Collection?

The products, materials, and papers in the Workforce Competitiveness
Collection can introduce you to strategies useful in building students'
English language skills; provide information on integrating technology into
your program; and help you develop effective, work-focused programs.
Additional work-focused resources, organized by career clusters or
occupational categories, can be found in the
<http://www.nifl.gov/pd/careerpathways> Career Pathways Instructional
Materials Library. You also can subscribe to online topical discussion lists
to interact with experts, ask questions, and share ideas with colleagues. To
subscribe, go to <http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/discussions/discussions.html>

If you are like most adult educators, workforce education is demanding more
of your attention as you plan services and instruction for adults
participating in your programs. The Workforce Education Resource Collection
and the related Workforce Competitiveness Discussion List offer a variety of
resources and experts to help inform you about key terms such as sectoral
training and career pathways, and how they can impact your programs. You
also can explore resources and participate in discussions through the
Technology and the English Language Acquisition Collections and related
discussion lists to help you build new technology skills or to improve
language learners' oral pronunciation.

Workforce Education. Are you interested in learning about sectoral training?
Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) conducted a multi-year study on sectoral
training and produced a preliminary report,
<http://www.ppv.org/ppv/publications/assets/294_publication.pdf> Job
Training that Works: Findings from the Sectoral Employment Impact Study,
which was added to the resource collection in 2009. An external reviewer
noted that the report was based on "a rare study in adult and workforce
education that uses experimental research to examine the impact of a
particular approach to employment services." The recently released final
report, <http://www.ppv.org/ppv/publications/assets/325_publication.pdf>
Tuning into Local Labor Markets: Findings from the Sectoral Employment
Impact Study, is being reviewed for inclusion in the collection. In
addition, Joshua Freely, a research associate at P/PV and an author of the
report, will be a guest on the Workforce Competitiveness Discussion List
from September 13-17, 2010 to discuss findings from the study and
implications for adult education.

Do Career Pathways interest you? The U.S. Department of Education's Office
of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) funded the Adult Basic Education
Career Connections (ABECC) project in 2006-2010 that resulted in
_Manual.pdf> ABE Career Connections: A Manual for Integrating Adult Basic
Education into Career Pathways. The manual, located in the
<http://www.nifl.gov/pd/careerpathways> Career Pathways Instructional
Materials Library, provides an overview of career pathways, describes
efforts to align basic skills training and local career pathways, and
implications for practice.

Technology. Have you wondered how to use new technology to engage students?
The National Institute for Literacy released the report,
<http://www.nifl.gov/publications/pdf/technology_paper_2010.pdf> Emerging
Technologies in Adult Literacy and Language Education, in June 2010.
Although this report is not part of the Technology Resource Collection, the
authors provide an excellent description of the "potential contribution of
emerging technologies to adult literacy and language education and the
opportunities and challenges involved in incorporating these technologies
into adult education programs." (pg. 1) They discuss technologies such as
cell phones as well as open-source software as potentially valuable teaching
and learning tools.

Technology and English Language Acquisition.
bs79> Podcasting: An Effective Tool for Honing Language Students'
Pronunciation?, a resource recently added to both the Technology and English
Language Acquisition Resource Collections, discusses the use of podcasting
in improving the pronunciation of intermediate level language learners.
Although the authors report that the results were not as positive as
expected, certain aspects are promising. Specifically, variables being
measured (content, coherency and organization, pronunciation and fluency,
accuracy, creativity, and impact) provide important indicators of successful
second language acquisition that could be useful to adult ESL educators.
This could be particularly important when preparing students for the
workforce since heavily accented English is often a detriment to job

English Language Acquisition. In February 2010, the Adult English Language
Acquisition List featured a conversation on Teaching Adult English Language
Learners with Emerging Literacy Skills with guest facilitators Patsy
Vinogradov (Hamline University) and Martha Bigelow (University of
Minnesota). You can find a summary of this discussion divided into 10 topic
areas at

How can I learn more about the Workforce Competitiveness Collection?

Visit the <http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/resourcecollections/RC_workforce.html>
Workforce Competitiveness Collection for additional resources. Contact the
Workforce Competitiveness Collection content experts for information and to
learn more about the resources, technical assistance, and professional
development opportunities that are available at no cost: Workforce
Education-Wendy McDowell, wlm12 at psu.edu and Priscilla Carman, psc3 at psu.edu;
English Language Acquisition-Blaire Willson Toso, bwt121 at psu.edu; and
Technology-Tim Ponder, tponder at literacy.kent.edu.

What is LINCS?

LINCS is a service of the National Institute for Literacy, providing online
information and communication networks for adult and family literacy
practitioners. LINCS' offerings include Discussion Lists, Regional Resource
Centers, the Collections, and training opportunities. Learn more about
LINCS on the Web site at <http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/>
http://www.nifl.gov/lincs/. The National Institute for Literacy is closing
its operations on September 30, 2010. LINCS services (including the Web
site, regional resource centers, resource collections, discussion lists, and
online publications) are transitioning to the U.S. Department of Education's
Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) and will continue to be
available for the adult education and literacy community.

What will I find in the New LINCS Resource Collections?

The new LINCS
Resource Collections are comprised of items that have completed a rigorous
internal and external review. Use these resources directly in the classroom
or to guide development of customized programs and classes. You can find
more information about these Resource Collections on the
<http://www.nifl.gov/> Institute's Web site.

National Institute for Literacy
Washington DC
(202) 245-7720

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