Adult Education Special Interest Group

A Message from Your SIG Leader, Collin Blair

Hello Adult Ed Teachers, Advocates, and Enthusiasts!

Just as 2020 was cooking along and we were gradually coming out of (a milder) winter, we have all suddenly been sent to our homes to continue carrying out our work. Thank you for visiting the Adult Ed SIG page on the new & beautiful MITESOL website.  My biannual updates are there with lots of info and resources, but also we now have an Adult Ed Message Board.  Please post something and let us all know how your work has been going out there in the trenches of your basements, kitchen tables, and guest bedrooms! 

I for one have been doing my best to keep each and every one of my Adult ESL students engaged and improving their language and ABE skills via online classes, remind texts, emails, and phone calls...but naturally it has taken a little time to get used to the different gravity on Mars.

As always, let me know if there are any topics, articles, or concerns of interest that you would like for me to address via the website and/or at the annual conference (stay tuned for more info on this).  Take care and be well.

-Collin Blair, Adult Ed. SIG Leader (adult-ed-sig@mitesol.org)

Resources for Adult Students (and Their Teachers!)

VOA News Learning English

Just in case you and your students aren’t aware of this PHENOMENAL website.  ESL-centered materials in all skills, videos, grammar lessons, idioms, current events and beyond.

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/

 

Support Ed

Free tools to help educators and administrators better serve English learners.

https://getsupported.net/free-tools/

 

Public Libraries:  Adult literacy, GED, & citizenship classes

Detroit Public Library (but many offer these services)--https://detroitpubliclibrary.org/services/adult-literacy-ged

 

Citizenship Test Practice

As the printed books + cds are no longer being produced, this website is the place to refer your students for citizenship test prep.

http://uscitizenshipsupport.com/

 

Pure Michigan jobs and skills training

Peruse this website for many options to aid your students with workforce training and jobs:

https://www.mitalent.org/career-explorer

          *Also, refer students to local Michigan Works! offices for asssistance with resumes, interviewing skills, and locating available jobs:  https://www.michiganworks.org/

 

Michigan eLibrary

MEL Databases allow you instant access to full-text articles from tens of thousands of magazines and newspapers. Databases are available for kids, adults, and on specialized topics such as car repair, practice tests and art images.  Also, there are resources for skills practice.

https://www.mel.org/

          *For example, one learning resource is:  home page → eResources → Adult Core Skills → Improve Your Writing, Speaking, and Grammar → Writing Skills Tutorial

 

LINCS Learner Center

Connects adult learners to free online resources to learn how to read, get job skills, become a citizen and more.

https://learner.lincs.ed.gov/

 

Articles

Various articles that touch on topics and themes that affect our students and our teaching:

 

NY Times:  

A Census Whodunit: Why Was the Citizenship Question Added?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/30/us/census-citizenship-question-hofeller.html

 

Migration Policy Institute:  Employment and the Economy

https://www.migrationpolicy.org/topics/employment-economy

          *Temporary visa holders:  https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/temporary-visa-holders-united-states

          *Reducing social isolation for refugee women and other groups:  https://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/reducing-social-isolation-refugee-women-newcomers

 

Pew Research Center:  

Code-Switching:

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/09/24/younger-college-educated-black-americans-are-most-likely-to-feel-need-to-code-switch/

 

Home Language Use:  Europe vs. U.S.

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/01/06/speaking-the-national-language-at-home-is-less-common-in-some-european-countries/

 

Michigan Public Radio:

Michigan community college students can now more easily transfer to 4-year institutions

https://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-community-college-students-can-now-more-easily-transfer-4-year-institutions

 

Non-traditional college students (from 2017)

https://www.michiganradio.org/post/most-who-enroll-college-are-non-traditional-students-why-arent-colleges-designed-them

 

Detroit Free Press (via Associated Press):

Whitmer tells Trump Michigan will keep welcoming refugees

https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2019/12/14/michigan-refugees-trump-whitmer/2648670001/

Advocacy

We Are All America

We Are All America is a national campaign that aims to uphold and strengthen our nation's commitment to welcome and protect those seeking freedom, safety and refuge in the United States.

http://www.weareallusa.org/

 

National Partnership for New Americans

This group represent the collective power and resources of the country’s 37 largest regional immigrant and refugee rights organizations in 31 states.

https://partnershipfornewamericans.org/