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Teaching English to Adult Refugees

June 20th is World Refugee Day. This year’s theme is “Every Action Counts”. “Refugees can have different needs in the classroom than other learners. They frequently have very urgent settlement needs; they may or may not have literacy needs due to interrupted education; and they have often experienced trauma.” If you are teaching English to… Read more

Reading and Talking about Biographies

Today, Rachel Stenberg, a LINC instructor and Resource Teacher at Windsor Neighbourhood Learning Centre in Burnaby, shares a successful biography project she did with her adult ESL class. Thanks, Rachel! Need a fun way to use readers with your class? My LINC 4 adult ESL students absolutely loved the Grass Roots Press Biography readers! In… Read more

Newcomers and the Workplace Video Series

AWES (Alberta Workforce Essential Skills) has created a series of videos to support newcomers seeking work in Canada.  They were developed to respond to language, essential skills and intercultural gaps for employment seekers. The series includes: Newcomers and the Workplace: The First Day at a New Job Newcomers and the Workplace: Asking Questions on Your… Read more

In the Workplace and In the Community

Today we’re revisiting two resources from Bow Valley College and NorQuest College that are now available through BC Campus as Open Textbooks. Bow Valley College and NorQuest College in Alberta collaborated to create two new e-textbooks for immigrant adult learners who require English language programming. They are open educational resources and freely available. In the… Read more

Trauma-informed EAL

Here’s another reminder of a great resource! Are you working with refugee women who have experienced trauma?  Here’s a resource for you. The Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) has published Trauma-Informed EAL: PIRS Teacher’s Guide to Trauma-Informed English as an Additional Language. Here’s what the curriculum designer, Diana Jefferies, has to say about the approach:… Read more

Dual Language Booklets

The Saskatchewan Literacy Network has a series of free Dual Language Booklets tucked in with other family literacy resources. Each booklet contains a small selection of simple, practical vocabulary for one theme: Clothing Colours Food Greetings In the City More Food Numbers Parts of the Body Transportation. And, each booklet is available in: Arabic Chinese… Read more

eLearning Toolkit for ELL teachers

The online ELL classroom is different from the traditional face-to-face classroom. And, there are a variety of online ELL contexts – fully online, blended, and face-to-face. Bow Valley College has produced a resource to help language teachers develop methods, strategies and a mindset for using online and digital technology. The eLearning Toolkit aims to increase… Read more

Here to Help: Workplace Communication Skills for Food Services

Here to Help: Workplace Communication Skills for Food Services is a resource designed to assist newcomers to Canada find and retain entry-level positions in the food services industry. Designed by the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College, this resource emphasizes speaking and listening for busy, time-sensitive environments. A Learner Workbook aimed at Canadian… Read more

Financial Literacy Resources for English Language Learners

Here are some good examples of financial literacy teaching resources designed for use with adult English language learners. English for Financial Literacy: Volumes 1 – 3 Organized as a wiki, this comprehensive instructor’s resource from the Toronto Catholic School Board is designed to teach financial literacy concepts and skills at CLB levels 1 to 8…. Read more

Pronunciation for Adult ESL Students

Watch a pre-beginning level adult ESL class as they move through their weekly pronunciation routine and practice word stress with vocabulary words in their weekly reading. The teacher uses multisensory activities to engage learners and help them to hear and produce the rhythm of English. This is one in a series of videos on pronunciation… Read more