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English Language Acquisition

Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways: Bright Ideas for Curriculum and Instruction (ESL Pro)

This self-paced online course is Unit 3 in the ESL Pro module Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways. Unit 3, Curriculum and Instruction, describes the key steps for designing a contextualization instructional program for English language learners and provides ideas for infusing instruction with career pathway content.

Formative Assessment in Adult ESL: Focus on Student Learning (ELL-U)

Formative assessment focuses on student learning and the notion that instruction and assessment are reciprocal in nature. In this study circle, participants will explore ways to plan instruction with the end in mind to help adult English language learners demonstrate their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Practitioners will examine formative assessment processes and tools for their potential usefulness. They will also examine student work together and generate ideas for providing effective descriptive feedback as well as determining appropriate next steps in teaching.

Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction: Information and Communication Technologies (ESL Pro)

This self-paced online course is Unit 2 in the module Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction. Unit 2, Information and Communication Technologies for Language Learning, focuses on how to use information and communication technologies to enhance opportunities for adult English language learners to increase their English language acquisition and digital literacy skills at the same time.

Meeting the Language Needs of Today’s Adult English Language Learners: Critical Thinking for English Language Acquisition (ESL Pro)

This is Unit 4 in the module Meeting the Language Needs of Today’s Adult English Language Learner. Unit 4, Critical Thinking for English Language Acquisition, focuses on the critical thinking skills English language learners need to express ideas in academic and professional conversations, to understand more complex written and oral texts at work and school, and to use higher-order skills to make decisions, solve problems, and fully engage with others.

Cultural Competence in the Adult ELL Classroom: A Funds of Knowledge (ELL-U)

This study circle builds on the increased understanding of culture developed in the ELL-U online course The Role of Culture in the Education of Adult English Language Learners. The study circle explores in greater depth how a “funds of knowledge” approach can enhance the language learning experience of adult English language learners (ELL) by helping them to build on what is cognitively familiar. Participants will explore the unique funds of knowledge that adult ELLs bring to the classroom from their homes and communities.

Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE and ESOL Classroom

This study circle introduces practitioners to the career-planning lessons and tools contained in the Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE and ESOL Classroom curriculum guide and other career-planning resources.

New Materials on Rigor, Digital Literacy, and Career Pathways from LINCS ESL Pro

The ESL Pro project created materials and provided support to 10 states to improve adult English language learner instruction in three areas: increasing the rigor of instruction, integrating digital literacy into English language instruction, and connecting adult ESL learners to career pathways. The materials are available on the LINCS website: http://lincs.ed.gov/programs/eslpro. Each of the three suites of materials includes an issue brief, online learning module, and a companion learning resource for educators.

Exploring Learner-Centered Practice Through Mini-Inquiry Projects (Teacher Research) (ELL-U)

This study circle is a follow-up to ELL-U’s Learner-Centered Practice in Adult ESL training event, which focused on learner-centered principles and practices in adult English as a second language education. Building on Weinstein’s learner-centered principles, participants will identify an area to explore in their classrooms over a period of at least three months (actual amount of time can be determined by the state).

Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction: Digital Literacy in Our Lives (ESL Pro)

This self-paced online course is Unit 1 in the module Integrating Digital Literacy into Adult English Language Instruction. Unit 1, Digital Literacy in the Lives of English Learners, provides an overview for instructors and administrators about framing digital literacy as a critical component for language skill development. Teachers can learn how to integrate digital literacy instruction and learning activities into all aspects of adult English language acquisition instruction.

Preparing Adult English Language Learners for the Workforce: Models and Resources

This training addresses workforce-focused instruction in three venues: workplace, vocational classes, and adult English as a second language classes. Topics include essential components, promising practices, strengths and challenges of each program, LINCS resources, and issues facing the field. Participants have networking and program planning opportunities.

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