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By Shelagh | Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm
Winter has arrived in Canada. Whether you are a fan of this snowy season or not, it's an important topic to include in the ESL literacy classroom. Here's a collection of some useful classroom winter resources:
ESL Literacy Readers
By Shelagh | Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:32 am
Today's blog is a continuation of Classroom on Wheels.
What would your learners think about learning English in a 34 foot truck? ESL To Go program manager Leah Hashinger and curriculum coordinator Ashley Ekers share more about an innovative program in Nashville, Tennessee that delivers English language learning in a mobile classroom.
By Shelagh | Monday, December 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm
Imagine teaching an English class in a mobile truck and traveling to different neighbourhoods around your city or town. ESL To Go, a mobile ESL classroom for refugees in Tennessee, is doing exactly that. In this week's blog, ESL To Go program manager Leah Hashinger and curriculum coordinator Ashley Ekers share their experiences with this innovative program.
By Shelagh | Friday, November 29, 2013 at 9:32 am
Newcomers to Canada may face particular challenges in meeting their needs for financial information, education and advice during their settlement and integration in Canada. Newcomers face numerous barriers, not the least of which are language, cultural and settlement. In addition, recent studies have revealed that poverty is an increasing reality among many newcomers.“ Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy
By Heidi | Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 11:30 am
In our experience at Bow Valley College, there is not necessarily a correlation between learners' literacy and numeracy levels. Because of this, adopting a 'Show me what you Know' approach is critical when trying to understand the numeracy and financial literacy knowledge and skills of ESL literacy learners.
You don't need to be daunted by this assessment of your learners. Jumping off points can be as easy to prepare for as having a number of bills and asking learners questions like:
By jamesedel | Monday, November 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm
In this week's blog we welcome James Edel, an instructor in the Gateway to Literacy program at Columbia College in Calgary, Alberta. James recently facilitated a workshop on “Incorporating numeracy into lesson planning and the classroom” at the ATESL 2013 Conference in Calgary.
By Shelagh | Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm
November is Financial Literacy Month, a national awareness and engagement campaign to increase the financial literacy and math skills of Canadians through access to tools, resources and community events.
At the Network, we believe that financial literacy instruction empowers learners and changes lives.
For many practitioners, teaching financial literacy and numeracy is new and unfamiliar territory. This month, there are lots of ways for you to enrich your teaching practice:
By nilaythomas | Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm
Do you want to make your writing classes more colorful and interesting for your learners? I have an idea. Flipping books!
I use Flip Snack with my learners to make digital books. It is fun, engaging, personal, and lends itself to many kinds of projects.
The project we did with my class was to create A Tourism Book of Calgary. Here are the steps to the project:
By margifelixlund | Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 11:50 am
In this week's blog, we welcome Margi Felix-Lund, an ESL literacy practitioner from Portland, Oregon. Margi recently conducted exploratory research with a volunteer literacy program in Portland, and she developed a handbook for ESL literacy tutors based on the implications of her research.
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