Future: Basic Literacy Meets Life Skills


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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.

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Future: Basic Literacy Meets Life Skills

  1. 1. Keith Pruitt, Ed.S. Words of Wisdom Educational Consulting Sponsored by Pearson Longman
  2. 2. 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)
  3. 3. “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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Let’s Take A Trip To Orb
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. Jose would like to become a doctor.
  9. 9. Jose would like to become a doctor. •Cueing Systems You Can Use- Each line is one word
  10. 10. Jose would like to become a doctor. •Cueing Systems You Can Use- Each line is one word •Repetitive symbols
  11. 11. Jose would like to become a doctor. •Cueing Systems You Can Use- What if I began to add visual literacy elements?
  12. 12. Jose would like to become a doctor. •Cueing Systems You Can Use- What if I began to add visual literacy elements? •Legend? o = O l = L d = D e = E
  13. 13. Jose would like to become a doctor.
  14. 14. • 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 Features…
  15. 15. • 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) Frameworks…
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Instructional Pathway
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. Theme-setting vocabulary is presented in picture dictionary format. Students engage in oral and written activities after engaging in an interactive listening activity.
  20. 20. Vocabulary learning strategies give students the tools to continue learning outside of class Show what you know activities promote student usage of vocabulary in conversations and serve as an assessment tool for the teacher.
  21. 21. Introduction of new language and culture Prediction Critical Thinking Tasked-based exercise Practice
  22. 22. The Life Skills lesson focuses on functional language, practical skills, and authentic printed materials.
  23. 23. 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.
  24. 24. High interest articles introduce students to cultural concepts and topical information. Pre-teach vocabulary and activate background knowledge Comprehension Questions check for understanding
  25. 25. Future provides what students need coupling literacy instruction with life skills for transition to college or work
  26. 26. Thank You Words of Wisdom Educational Consulting www.woweducationalconsulting.com Join us on facebook