October 15, 2013
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October 4, 2013
For Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), Teaching for Change has launched a campaign to encourage and support teaching about Central America. They collected lessons, book lists, biographies of noted historical figures, and readings for free use by classroom teachers. As an introduction, there is a side show that can be used in various ways: a screen saver; visual background for a readers’ theater; selected slides to introduce a new Central American historical figure each day of the month; or as background during the class study of Central America. There is a companion collection of readings for each Central American historical figure featured in the slideshow.
September 20, 2013
You may want to share the link below with your learners.
It is from the Federal Trade Commission about scams that are already popping up with the Affordable Care Act.
August 7, 2013
Read an interesting and informative article, Apps for English language learning: Intro to photo editors , by Beth Crumpler in the TESOL English Language Weekly Bulletin. The exercises can be used in a secondary classroom as well as in tutoring sessions for adults.
August 2, 2013
Here are some websites recommended by literacy coordinators on the ProliteracyConnect listserve (see www.proliteracy.org):
English Language Listening Lab Online. Online listening to recorded conversations about everyday topics in English with transcripts and exercises. Great for intermediate levels.
ELC Study Zone
Good vocabulary, grammar and reading exercises for upper beginner and intermediate students.
“Real-life” videos in all subjects with attached lessons.
For beginners needing to practice vocabulary and pronunciation.