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  1. 1. Teaching Pre-Literate Adults: A Treasure-Trove of Resources <br />Andrea Poulos, University of Wisconsin- Madison<br />Jen Sell, Literacy Network of Dane County, Madison<br />Patsy Vinogradov, University of Minnesota<br />
  2. 2. Agenda for this session<br />Clarifying “pre-literate” learners<br />Balanced literacy<br />Student generated <br /> writing and reading materials<br />Extensive reading<br />Published materials<br />Teacher resources<br />Where to find these treasures?<br />
  3. 3. Pre-literate? <br />Non-literate? <br />Low-literate?<br />We prefer: emergent readers, or more specifically- emergent adult ESL readers<br />
  4. 4. Our approach: Balanced Literacy Instruction:<br />Phonics is important and needs to be taught explicitly to low-literate adult ESL learners, but it is best taught in contextualized, meaningful lessons.<br />Adult learners have tremendous resources for learning; teachers need to tap into their life experiences, strengths, and interests in order to develop language and literacy effectively.<br />
  5. 5. Whole-part-whole<br />Method of teaching reading that starts with a whole text then pulls out specific parts (ex: vocabulary from thematic unit or a story) to analyze for phonics/phonemic awareness skills, then goes back to the text to practice in context.<br />
  6. 6. NIFL/NCSALL ALRWG Webcast<br />6<br />After Scarborouth, H. (2001)<br />
  7. 7. Balanced literacy with adult emergent readers<br />In every lesson, keep going up and down the ladder.<br />Remember that phonics should only be one part of a much larger, engaging, comprehension-focused reading curriculum.<br />
  8. 8. Student-generated writing and reading<br />Language Experience Approach (LEA)<br />Literacy Network “HOME Project”<br />Life Writing and Literacy Narratives wiki<br />Journal entries and responses<br />Picture stories and photo books<br />Student newsletters<br />
  9. 9. Language Experience Approach (LEA)<br />Students tell a story (often a shared experience)<br />Instructor (or another scribe) writes the story down verbatim<br />Why do it?<br />Connects the spoken and written word<br />Values life experience; versatile and motivating<br />Provides material for countless reading activities<br />Making it Real: Teaching Pre-literate Adult Refugee Students, by AlysanCroydon<br /><br />
  10. 10. Literacy Network “Home Project”<br />
  11. 11. Life Writing collaboration and wiki<br /><br />
  12. 12. Extensive Reading<br />
  13. 13. Published materials<br />Look for published resources that feature…<br />research-based, systematic instruction<br />top-down and bottom-up activities<br />text that is free from stereotypes<br />content that is interesting and meaningful to adults<br />
  14. 14. Published Student Books<br />Very Easy True Stories, Sandra Heyer<br />Ventures,Cambridge University Press<br />Picture Stories, Fred Ligon and Elizabeth Tannenbaum<br />Sounds Easy, Sharon Bassano<br />Tailored Tales, Lia Conklin <br />English for Everyday Activities, Lawrence Zweier<br />
  15. 15. Decodable textbooks<br />Talk of the Block<br /> Ann Haffner<br />Sam and Pat<br /> Jo Anne Hartel, Betsy Lowry, Whit Hendon<br />
  16. 16. Teacher Resources<br />Teacher training video: <br />Building Literacy with Adult Emergent Readers<br /><br />
  17. 17. LESLLA: Low-Education Second Language and Literacy Acquisition (for adults)<br /><br />2011 LESLLA Symposium<br />September 29 – October 1, 2011<br />Minneapolis, Minnesota<br />Proposals being accepted NOW until May 25, 2011.<br />Conference website:<br />
  18. 18. 3 Key Readings:<br />Bigelow, M., & Schwarz, R. (2010). Adult English language learners with limited literacy. National Institute for Literacy. Available:<br />Vinogradov, P. (2008). "Maestra! The letters speak.” Adult ESL students learning to read for the first time. MinneWITESOL Journal, 25. Available:<br />Vinogradov, P., & Bigelow, M. (2010). Using oral language skills to build on the emerging literacy of adult English learners. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics. Available:<br />
  19. 19. Treasure map?<br /><br />Click on: <br />For Teachers of Adult Low-literate ESL<br />Visual on next slide! <br />
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  21. 21. Questions? Comments?<br />What treasures can you add to our collection?<br />Thank you!<br />