The OPD 3rd edition (The Oxford Picture Dictionary) has arrived and with it, six sets of Open Educational Resources (aka Free!) that I can post here. I hope you find them very useful.
The CCR Skills Builder Handbook- This is a collection of strategies and tips for integrating College and Career Readiness Skills into Beginning and Low-Intermediate level English language instruction
Academic Vocabulary & OPD - This resource includes a chart that provides one or more academic words (from the AWL sublists one or two) for each of the 168 essential, high-frequency, workplace and academic topics in the OPD. Definitions and collocations are provided along with strategies for teaching academic words.
Graphic Organizers & OPD - This resource has a collection of graphic organizer templates, tips for using them and a table with suggestions for ways to use one or more graphic organizers with each of the topics in the OPD. (Topics that are universally taught in beginning and intermediate English langauge classes.)
Problem Solving & OPD - This collection of problem scenarios has problem solving worksheet templates and outlines the problem solving technique.
Teamwork & OPD - This resource provides sample team tasks and templates for team tasks as well as checklists, a role chart, and a teamwork rubric to help you and your learners manage teamwork tasks effectively.
Do-Say Charts & OPD - This collection of Do-Say charts provides the behavior and language associated with 18 soft skills, including managing time, making suggestions, and demonstrating a willingness to learn. Step-by-step instruction in using the Do-Say charts is include.
An Occupational Index to the OPD - This list of all the occupations depicted in the OPD (not only those with a word list entry) may be useful when working on career exploration.
WIKI LINKS WITH WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS AND MATERIALS
In an effort to reduce the amount of paper used for handouts that may or may not have a life outside the workshop, I have been using Wiki spaces to collect materials and presentations associated with my most frequent workshop topics. The link to each of these is listed below.
Spinner for "Numbered Heads Together" Wheel Decide (free)
This wheel with "spinner" sound effects creates a little suspense during activities where you want to call on a group or individual and helps create random selections of roles and responsibilities in a team.
E.g. Let's see...who will be the reporter for the group. (SPIN) Ah--okay #1s you're the reporter.
OR Let's see, what will the #3's do? (SPIN-comes up researcher) Okay! #3's you will be the team researcher!
...and you can change the colors, which is a feature that I typically obsess over.
CONTEXT: ANY AND ALL
The humble exit ticket packs a powerful punch. Learners write their lesson "take away," question, or comment on a sticky note (aka PostItTM) and put it on a classroom door or wall as they leave for break or at the end of class. After a week of workshops in Florida, I am taking away very specific information about what participants in my workshops want to use in their own classrooms. This is much more useful to me than evaluation comments of "Loved the activities" or "Lots of good ideas" (which I still greatly appreciate!) An esteemed colleague of mine, Dave Coleman, uses a poster board divided into questions, comments, and concerns. This asks learners/participants to categorize their exit tickets, and shows the instructor/facilitator (at a glance) whether there are more questions than concerns, more concerns than comments, etc.
Learners can complete exit tickets that;
1) name a classmate who contributed to their learning
2) list the words from the lesson that they recall
3) complete the sentence: I can ______now.
4) complete the sentence: I want to learn more about__________.
5) indicate their interest in various roles, topics, tasks or projects.
These are the materials from Lori Howard's and my CATESOL session on the Paired Reading technique.
Click on the links below to download the materials from the session.
For additional paired readings and more in-depth materials see the Wiki at http://tinyurl.com/kq89te4
*NOTE: Beginners can participate in paired reading lessons, but the materials need to be level appropriate. The wiki link above offers some Beginning Level materials for paired reading, however the workshop materials above were geared towards intermediate learners.
TOPIC: CCRS and Beginning Level ESOL [ Shifting and Lifting: Implementing CCR Standards in the Beginning Adult ESL Class/
Getting to the heart of the CCR Standards and Beginning Level ESOL]
Questions are one of our most important instructional tools. Whether we're asking questions to ascertain our learners' prior knowledge, check their comprehension of new content, or deepen their connection with the ideas in the lesson -- the questions we ask play a very important role in helping our learners achieve the lesson objective. Sometimes, in a multilevel class--the more proficient or more verbal learners can dominate a question and answer session. By the same token, less proficient or less-confident learners may not be willing to risk a response. Answer cards to the rescue! By giving learners one or more sets of answer cards (see illustration at right) all learners can respond to your initial questions with less trepidation, and it is easier to manage the dominator(s) in the group.
Watch the 5-minute presentation below to see how answer cards can be used to build community, assess prior knowledge and needs, check learners’ comprehension and engage all learners.
The three sets of links below provide the presentations (ppts) and handouts (pdfs) for my three sessions at ACE of Florida's 2013 Conference: Changing Lives Through Adult Education.
These are the materials from Radmila Popovic's and my TESOL session "Real Solutions to Virtual Challenges in Online Teacher Education. Click on the links below to download the materials from the session.
Each Oh! P.D.! provides
- some theory in a nutshell;
- step-by-step instructions;
- a demo;
- and an application task for an ESOL instructional technique or teaching strategy that works well with the visuals in the Oxford Picture Dictionary program (or any other visual resource.)
Can you spare 10-minutes for some self-directed professional development? I thought you could.
TOPIC: Learner Goals, Cross Cultural Awareness
http://www.englishclub.com/learning- english-video/ This set of seven videos showing English language learners in different countries is a real find! Each video can be played with or without subtitles and with or without a transcript. There are online vocabulary exercises (high-intermediate to advanced, B2-C3) and a terrific set of downloadable materials that can be easily adapted to use in beginning-high , B1 classes). Videos run between 13 and 18 minutes and can be “chunked” based on the different questions asked of the students. The videos are shot in seven countries: the U.K., Brazil, Spain, the U.S., China, Romania, and Morocco. Imagine the cross-cultural conversations and Venn Diagrams