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Adult Education Special Interest Group

Winter, 2021 MITESOL Adult Education SIG Update

How is the winter going?! As the corona vaccines find their way to some, and not to others, here are more resources, news articles, and advocacy opportunities to give you something to think about while waiting for the next Zoom meeting. 

Please stay active on the Adult Ed message board!


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

Resources for Adult Students (and Their Teachers!)

 

 

VOA News Learning English

One of my all-time faves.  ESL-centered materials in all skills, videos, grammar lessons, idioms, current events and beyond. 

https://learningenglish.voanews.com/

Quill.org

Free tools to make your students better writers

https://www.quill.org/

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/

Articles

Articles

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

Changes in USCIS processing:

Updates:

https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/updates

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

Jobs and Skills Training

February is career and technical education month!

https://pathfinder.mitalent.org/#/home

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/

Professional Development

 

Online courses and virtual seminars at TESOL.org

Even if we’re not having in-person conferences, there’s no reason to stop growing professionally!

https://www.tesol.org/attend-and-learn/online-courses-seminars

Education Updates

 

Michigan’s superintendent calls for increasing required school days

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2021/02/02/michigan-superintendent-calls-increasing-required-school-days/4358490001/

Advocacy

 

2020 Michigan Census numbers

https://mlpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2021-michigan.pdf

Be an advocate for ELLs

7 effective ways teachers can advocate for their English learners

https://owlcation.com/academia/5-Ways-Teachers-Can-Advocate-For-Their-English-Language-Learners

Supporting ELLs through Covid-19

How can schools best support English language learners (ELLs) and immigrant students through the COVID-19 pandemic? What lessons have we learned so far?

https://www.colorincolorado.org/covid