Resources for teaching adults
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* IAACE members now have access to the 2017 Winter COABE journal. Click here to download the pdf file.
- Career Pathways checklist – Program administrators and planners can use this checklist to determine whether their programming is aligned with WIOA.
- iCivics – teaches students how government works by having them experience it directly.
- Interactive Constitution – constitutional experts interact with each other to explore the Constitution’s history and what it means today.
- GCF Learn Free – (basic computer skills) if your students are new to computers or just want to update their computer skills, this free Computer Basics tutorial will show them how.
- Good Typing – online typing tutorials offered in several languages.
- Basic Online Computer Tutorials – includes several tutorials on keyboarding, mouse exercises, and computer basics.
- Excel Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts – Learn how to use Excel, download templates, and more.
- Easily Confused Words – This lesson plan from SBCSC is a fun way to introduce a lesson on easily confused words.
- English for the Nursing Assistant – This site is for ESL students who are preparing for certification as a nursing assistant (CNA).
- ESL-Lab is a site with endless videos, lessons and listening activities organized according to difficulty “based on rate of speed, vocabulary, content, ambient noise, idiomatic expressions, and other factors”.
- ESL Story Bank – This collection of short stories is written specifically for adult ESL learners as part of the Minnesota Literacy Council’s Adult ESL Curriculum with Transitions Skills.
- Preparing English Learners for Work and Career Pathways – practical strategies that instructors, advisors, and administrators can use to design and deliver programming that helps English language learners connect to career pathway opportunities (from the LINCS ESL Pro suite of resources).
- USA Learns is a free website to help adults learn English online.
- The Times in Plain English – current news articles in simplified English. Stories can be translated into the readers first language if they don’t understand something.
- Indiana State Library’s INSPIRE database has the first level of Rosetta Stone for FREE. (You will need to sign up for an account to use this database.)
- ESL Multilevel Activities – ESL strategies and activities that work across multiple levels.
- Video Jigsaw – This lesson plan from ELL instructor Jan Hehman is a variation of a reading jigsaw that Jan uses as a cooperative learning strategy that helps students create their own learning.
IETs (Integrated Education and Training):
- This National College Transition Network guide developed from efforts to learn how eight adult education programs have been integrating education and training.
- Pro Literacy – A list of 46 reports, strategies, tools, lesson plans, etc to help with your literacy instruction.
- Summer Reading aimed at “growing your literacy know how.”
- LINCS Story by Story Phonics lessons for adults who are beginning readers.
- Jmath – free math courses taught by an adult ed instructor.
- Math Talk – online interactive math tutorials for adult ed students offered through YouTube and social media.
- Candy Bar Math – Teaching percents isn’t going to get it for the TASC test or to meet the requirements of standard based curriculum. Sara Gutting took our basic percent lesson and the favorite way I like to introduce it and turned it into a standard based lesson. Download her lesson here.
- The 30 Game – This math game is not only fun and challenging, but it also helps students use problem solving skills and look for patterns in mathematical sequences.
- Khan Academy – personalized learning resources for all ages.
- LINCS – science & numeracy special collection.
- LINCS Teacher Induction and a Toolkit for Adult Educators
- LINCS Mentoring Guide for Teacher Induction
- Download A New TABE for a New Era; Mike Johnson of DRC presented this document at the 2017 conference.
- Download theTABE Quick Start guide and training video (below)
- Science Net Links is a comprehensive site for teachers and includes many resources that are appropriate for the adult classroom.
- LINCS Science & Numeracy is a special collection of links to sites that are useful for teaching science and numeracy. The collection emphasizes the ways in which science and math skills are important to understanding the world around us.
- Jeopardy – this game from SBCSC is a fun assessment tool to follow up punctuation lessons that teach students how to correctly use commas.
- Scruples – One of Sara Gutting’s favorite teaching strategies is a game called Scruples used to teach thesis statements. Click here for her lesson plan.
- LINCS Learner Center is a great resource for additional online learning sites for adults.
- Indiana State Library INSPIRE database – over 300 practice tests and courses including practice tests for TASC, ACT, SAT, ASVAB, TOEFL, the Dental Hygienist Exam, and many others. Dozens of eBooks containing study material and practice tests are also available. There’s a Virtual Career Library that includes tips, advice, and instructions for how to transition out of the military, change careers, search for jobs, work up a resume, prep for interviews and even goes into how to develop networking skills. (You will need to sign up for a free account to use this database).
- PBS LearningMedia provides educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.
- Learning Circles – lightly-facilitated study groups for learners who want to take online courses together, in-person. Learning Circles are peer supported, facilitated by non-content experts, hosted in publicly accessible spaces, designed to be taken with few prerequisites, and free for learners. You can think of Learning Circles like a book group for learning.
- Pro Literacy has a wealth of training resources for instructors. You will find a large list of resources here.
- MIT Living Wage Calculator – estimate the cost of living in your community or region. The calculator lists typical expenses, the living wage and typical wages for the selected location.
- Take Charge of Your Future – Get the Education & Training You Need – This guide from the U.S. Department of Education provides practical information for people who are returning to their communities in need of education, training, and work after release from incarceration.