Stories from the Field: an Exploration of Programming through Innovation in English as a Second Language (ESL) Literacy is now available online. This third volume in the Stories from the Field series explores successes, challenges, best practices and innovation in ESL literacy programming. The series is a collaboration between the Centre for Excellence in Foundation… Read more
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When you hear a word, do you see a colour? Do words you read have a taste? Synesthesia is a perceptual condition in which two senses that are usually experienced separately are involuntarily joined together. To learn more about it, watch What colour is Tuesday? To learn more, click here for the full TED-Ed lesson.
Handwriting as a Foundational Skill
Has technology eliminated the need to develop handwriting skills? Research indicates that handwriting is more than a means of recording information. It is important to learning. Read Why Handwriting is Still Essential in the Keyboarding Age and Handwriting in the 21st Century for summaries of recent research. Most of the resources on learning handwriting are… Read more
Scrabble Words Quiz
Playing Scrabble is not just about a large vocabulary. Good strategy also involves knowing two letter words, q-without-u words, and words that can be expanded with the addition of one of two letters. Here’s a quiz to test your knowledge of some strategic Scrabble words. Click the image to go to the Great Scrabble Words… Read more
Math Science Music
Math Science Music is a toolkit of online teaching resources that uses music to teach math and science to students of all ages. Introduced earlier this year, it gives teachers access to digital resources that use beats, grooves and melodies to teach students the mechanisms of math, coding and science. Here’s a video from the… Read more
Preparing for an Earthquake
Two resources released this year help teach students about getting ready for an earthquake. The Earthquake Preparedness Unit was developed by LISTN for adult ESL students at Canadian Language Benchmark Levels 4 and 5. The Unit consists of four core lessons, each 1.5 hours long: • Introduction: Preparing for an Earthquake • Workshop: An Emergency… Read more
The effect of cellphones
Cellphones are everywhere. They help us communicate and stay connected. Information flows to them and from them. They have multiple uses and there are many benefits to using them. But, cellphone use also has some unintended, less positive consequences. To learn more about how cellphones may affect your productivity and sense of well-being, read Annie… Read more
The Lost Lending Library
Here’s a library I’d like to visit! To learn more about this magical project, click here.
Your Age by the Books You’ve Read?
You can tell a lot about people by the books they read. Do you think someone can guess your age based on your reading list? Click the image below to take the quiz and find out.
Our Invisible Neighbours
Adults who lack basic literacy skills must overcome incredible barriers just to get through daily life, but most people would never know that these people have difficulty reading. As a volunteer tutor for over 20 years, Erin Howarth shares the invisible struggles and triumphs of adult literacy learners.
Learning Disabilities in Adults
Are you working with adults who may have a learning disability? Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy has created two resources: Finding Our Own Way: Adult and Learning Disabilities: A guide for finding learning success for adult learners and Toolkit: Current Best Practices and Supportive Interventions for Learners and Clients with Learning Disabilities for practitioners. While the services… Read more
Tech Tools to Try
Are you interested in trying some new tech tools to use with students? The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) held their annual conference last month and one of the presenters, Monica Martinez, highlighted some of her favourite tech tools that often get overlooked. To find out what they are, read 15 Tech Tool… Read more
Are you working with adult EAL students who have experienced trauma? Beyond Trauma: Language Learning Strategies for New Canadians Living with Trauma is a new resource from LISTN that is designed to help you. Beyond Trauma: Language Learning Strategies for New Canadians Living with Trauma provides approaches, strategies, and language goals for the English as… Read more
Which children’s book are you?
If you were a children’s book, which book would you be? For some Friday fun, take the Reading is Fundamental quiz.
Shadow a Student
Do you understand what your students are experiencing in the classroom? Read A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned to learn what one high school teacher discovered by shadowing students. It includes not only her observations, but also ideas for improving the learning. Read A PS… Read more