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The website is a repository of games and activities for children that can also be used with adults. Features hundreds of games listed covering virtually all occasions: day or night, indoor and outdoor, from small quiet games through to large boisterous games and wide games for when you have acres of space to play in.

Material Type: Game

Author: Kit Logan

Career Gates: Soft Skills

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Career Gates: Soft Skills highlights the skills employees need to be successful. These include communication, eye-contact, listening, teamwork, positive attitude, proper handshake, professional appearance and respect. Soft skills are the abilities to get along with others, resolve conflict and work together towards a common goal. These skills can be a strong indicator in why you get a job or why you don't get a job. A desire to learn and an ability to learn, you can advance. Many companies will hire people that have soft skills over someone with more technical skills because technical skills can be taught more easily.

Material Type: Lecture

Verbs at Work

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This is a PowerPoint of common verbs used in the workplace and at home. It can be used for beginning level English language learners. Part 1 uses clip art of 16 verbs and part 2 uses Brendan Tuttle’s artistic illustrations of 28 verbs. The additional PowerPoint is a handout for students to write the verb under the picture and there is also a list of suggested activities for the teacher.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration

Author: Angy Folkes

Compare and Contrast: Learning through Pictures, Graphs, and Charts

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This presentation is a stAIR Design. It is like an interactive PowerPoint Presentation that reviews the language and concepts of comparison and contrast in order to help students understand those vocabulary words. The presentation was helpful for beginning and intermediate ESOL students and includes keyword Vocabulary: (and), (both..and),(not only...but also), and (but). Part 2 is more advanced and contains keyword vocabulary: (equally), (just like), (similar), (the same as), (although), (different), (unlike), (whereas), and (while).

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive

Author: Mary Ewald

Teaching Ferguson to Adult English Language Learners

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In response to the police shooting of Mike Brown and the numerous protests and civil unrest that followed the shooting and grand jury decision, students were eager to learn about what was going on in St. Louis and Ferguson. Students saw boarded up windows walking to class. Some were afraid and not sure of their safety. They were encouraged to talk to staff about their fears and general personal safety lessons were also reviewed. The following is a story based on what was in the news. Suggested activities include: showing videos and news pictures from the web. Circle key words. Alphabetize key words. Ask students “What’s number 3?, 5?” Etc. Students can also do this in pairs. Worksheet of questions about the story. Students can also read these in pairs when completed. True false worksheet. Cloze of part of the story. Multi-level dictation of the story. Matching pictures to key words. Discussion about civil rights history, racism, police, safety.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Angy Folkes

Using Sensory Adjectives to Write Descriptive Paragraphs

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This lesson works well with developing writers to help them learn to incorporate strong sensory adjectives into their writing. Students begin by completing a Five Senses Chart and progress to writing a full descriptive paragraph based on a picture prompt. This material was remixed based on "I Spy": Using adjectives and descriptive phrases by Elizabeth Hutchens. The remixed lesson was created to be used with adult learners. The original lesson can be found by clicking on the link that is included with this resource.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Stephanie Sommers

Fahrenheit to Celcius Conversions for the Adult ESL Learner

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Adult ESL learners may not know the American measurement system. The United States is one of only five countries still using Fahrenheit to measure temperatures (see list below). Simplifying the conversion can help our learners make sense of local temperatures. The method below is “a reasonable approximation”, not an exact calculation.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Interactive, Lesson Plan

Author: Orly Penny

ESOL Earth Day

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The purpose of this lesson is for students to practice and improve English conversation, writing, vocabulary, and reading through the lens of the Earth Day holiday (April 22nd). Also, students can brainstorm and share what we can do to preserve the Earth on a global or personal scale.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Joanna Stratman

Parts of the Body, an ESL Lesson Plan for Adult Literacy or Low-Beginning Level Students

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An integral component of the adult ESL literacy and low-beginning level course outlines is an introduction to the parts of the body. The author addresses this content area, suggesting a variety of classroom activities and instructional strategies which promote student success in the development of this competency

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Patricia Petherbridge-Hernandez

Prefixes Say Plenty TV411

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This website gives a short written explanation and plenty of practice for common prefixes. There is also a video on prefixes and other interactive activities for suffixes and more.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Interactive