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Reading & Writing

Strategy Instruction-Writing (TEAL)

Strategy instruction is a student-centered and research-based approach to teaching students how to learn. One of the most effective instructional approaches for adults with learning disabilities, strategy instruction centers on helping students acquire the tools and techniques that efficient learners use to understand and learn new material or skills, integrate this new information with what they already know, and recall the information or skill later, even in a different situation or place.

Practitioner Study Circle: Action Research on Teaching Vocabulary (TAR)

This study circle will focus in-depth on moving from research to the practice of using this reading component in instruction within a practitioner-based learning community. Teachers who are currently teaching in Adult Basic Education or English language learners form a cohort community wherein they will explore implementation strategies for vocabulary and share lesson plans and experiences in using them with different student groups. Prerequisite online course: Teaching Adults to Read: Vocabulary (RG08VS)

Comprehension (TAR)

This self-paced online course uses Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers to review the research and learn about and practice methods for teaching reading comprehension to their adult students.

Vocabulary Instruction for ESL English Language Learners in ABE Classes (ELL-U)

This training will begin with a discussion of some of the factors that affect the development of English vocabulary for English language learners (ELL): English speaking and listening ability, native language literacy, and the amount of English language reading they engage in. In addition, the relevance of the Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills/Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency distinction for ELL vocabulary instruction will be covered.

Teaching Strategies for Bottom-up and Top-down Literacy Instruction for Emergent Readers (ELL-U)

This study circle will provide an additional opportunity to discuss course content from Teaching ELLs Who Are Emergent Readers and related implementation strategies with peers and faculty. Participants should bring their questions and comments from the course to participate in a Question & Answer session with the facilitator. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the concepts and integration of bottom-up and top-down literacy instruction through the identification of related teaching strategies.

Practitioner Study Circle: Action Research on Teaching Fluency (TAR)

This study circle will focus in-depth on moving from research to the practice of using this reading component in instruction within a practitioner-based learning community. Teachers who are currently teaching in Adult Basic Education or English language learners form a cohort community wherein they will explore implementation strategies for fluency and share lesson plans and experiences in using them with different student groups. Prerequisite online course: Teaching Adults to Read: Fluency (RG07VS)

Formative Assessment-Writing (TEAL)

In this facilitated online course, participants will explore strategies for conducting informal and ongoing assessments of adult education students’ progress and use that information to adjust their teaching to ensure that all students learn. Formative assessment refers to both the formal and informal processes that teachers and students use collaboratively to gather evidence of student learning for the purpose of improving learning.

Comprehension (TAR)

This 3.5-hour training applies content from Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers to learn about and practice methods for teaching reading comprehension to their adult students.

Practitioner Study Circle: Action Research on Teaching Comprehension (TAR)

This study circle will focus in-depth on moving from research to the practice of using this reading component in instruction within a practitioner-based learning community. Teachers who are currently teaching in Adult Basic Education or English language learners form a cohort community wherein they will explore implementation strategies for comprehension and share lesson plans and experiences in using them with different student groups. Prerequisite online course: Teaching Adults to Read: Comprehension (RG06VS)

Components of Reading (TAR)

This 3.5 hour training introduces teachers to the essential components of reading: comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and alphabetics. Participants will discuss what the components are, why they are important (the research), who needs it (assessment results), and in what kind of instruction. The answers to these four questions are explored for each component of reading. Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults: First Steps for Teachers is used as a resource.

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