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This presentation speaks to the instructional pedagogy of the new Pearson Longman program FUTURE. It is an engaging and fun presentation and has been used at numerous TESOL conferences.

This presentation speaks to the instructional pedagogy of the new Pearson Longman program FUTURE. It is an engaging and fun presentation and has been used at numerous TESOL conferences.

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    Future: Basic Literacy Meets Life Skills Future: Basic Literacy Meets Life Skills Presentation Transcript

    • FUTURE: Basic Literacy Meets Life Skills
      Keith Pruitt, Ed.S.
      Words of Wisdom Educational Consulting
      Sponsored by Pearson Longman
    • To preserve its economic competitiveness and ensure good lives for its citizens, the United States needs to focus on an urgent new mission: reorienting institutions of government, business and higher education around the task of
      providing education and training to a new kind of student —
      the adult worker.
      ETS Policy Notes, Spring 2010, 18 (2)
      Why is this a concern?
    • “Skills and knowledge are the plant and equipment
      of today’s global economy. A deficit of these forms
      of intellectual capital puts an individual, a family, a
      community and, ultimately, the national economy
      at risk.” — Michael Nettles
      50% "performed below the level considered necessary to fully participate in such a complex society." And what's worse is the projection that by 2030, adults will... be performing at a level 5% below today's level.
      ETS Research
    • Future: Basic Literacy Meets Life Skills
      Pearson Longman presents a new program that will change that dynamic and allow adult ELL learners to access literacy skills that impact Life Skills
    • What are the key factors in Literacy?
      Let’s Take A Trip To
      Orb
    • A Trip to the Planet
      Orb
      Rules of Orb
      • In order to work in Orb, you must speak Orbian
      • In order to work in Orb, you must be able to read Orbian
      • In order to work in Orb, you must be able to write in Orbian
    • You must now take your Orbian Entrance Examination to determine if you may remain and work in Orb.
      With a conversation partner, you must translate the following message from Orbian to English.
    • Jose would like to become a doctor.
    • Jose would like to become a doctor.
      • Cueing Systems You Can Use- Each line is one word
    • Jose would like to become a doctor.
      • Cueing Systems You Can Use- Each line is one word
      • Repetitive symbols
    • Jose would like to become a doctor.
      • Cueing Systems You Can Use- What if I began to add visual literacy elements?
      • = O
      • = L
      • = D
      e = E
      Jose would like to become a doctor.
      • Cueing Systems You Can Use- What if I began to add visual literacy elements?
      • Legend?
    • Jose
      would
      like
      to
      become
      a
      doctor.
      You Get To Stay on Orb
    • Features…
      • Prepares students with 21st century skills
      • Provides multiple pathways to learning meeting the needs of different learning styles
      • Features multi-level instruction to meet the needs of every level of student
      • Program has professional development to assist in training of instructors
    • Frameworks…
      • Begins with an auditory experience where all language begins (Krashen)
      • Builds vocabulary through schema building or visual literacy (Piaget, Marzano, Pruitt, Cummins)
      • Scaffolds promote using newly acquired language in speaking immediately helping to build automaticity (Shanahan, Rasinski)
      • High interest, useful readings promote student engagement (Booth)
      • Connection of writing to reading promotes complete literacy transference (Calkins, Routman)
      • Embed problem solving tasks to promote critical thinking (Bloom)
      • Progress checks allow students to reflect on learning of competencies (Chamot)
    • 12 Units per level
      Develop vocabulary, listening, speaking, grammar, life skills, reading, writing, numeracy and persistence
      Correlated to CASAS, LAUSD Beginning Competencies, and Florida Adult Standards
    • FUTURE
      ENGLISH FOR RESULTS
      Instructional Pathway
    • A Preview question engages students and sets the context for the unit
      A list of goals summarizes the competencies presented in the unit.
      Each unit begins with full-page photo to introduce theme and vocabulary
    • Theme-setting vocabulary is presented in picture dictionary format.
      Students engage in oral and written activities after engaging in an interactive listening activity.
    • Vocabulary learning strategies give students the tools to continue learning outside of class
      Activities
      Show what you know activities promote student usage of vocabulary in conversations and serve as an assessment tool for the teacher.
    • Introduction of new language and culture
      Language patterns
      Prediction
      Model Conversation
      Tasked-based exercise
      Practice
      Critical Thinking
    • The Life Skills lesson focuses on functional language, practical skills, and authentic printed materials.
    • Each unit presents three grammar points in a logical, systematic grammar syllabus
      Grammar notes have minimal metalanguage. Grammar Watch call attention to specific aspects of grammar.
    • High interest articles introduce students to cultural concepts and topical information.
      Article Recycles Language
      Pre-teach vocabulary and activate background knowledge
      Comprehension Questions check for understanding
    • Future provides what students need coupling literacy instruction with life skills for transition to college or work
    • Thank You
      Words of Wisdom Educational Consulting
      www.woweducationalconsulting.com
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