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U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy (USCAL) 2011 National Conference

November 2 - 5, 2011
Houston, TX
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Connecting and Integrating Cultural Diversity in the Adult ESL Classroom
Teachers and learners are usually curious about other cultures. We often use stereotyping to fill in the gaps of our understanding of new cultures until we gather the information and experience needed to dispel these myths. This process emerges as part of what we call “culture shock” as new arrivals begin to reconcile media myths with daily realities. Our ESL classrooms often provide the only safe environment for examining these differences through cultural activities and inquiry. This presentation outlines three strategies for integrating cultural activities into lesson plans.

Presenter: Sharon McKay
10:30 am – 12:00 Noon
Westin Galleria, Bellaire

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Teaching Financial Literacy to Adult English Language Learners (Poster)
Adult ESOL teachers are often asked to teach skills other than language, including financial skills such as writing a check, opening a bank account, or reading a paystub. Teachers are not always experts on such subjects themselves. Many adult ESOL textbooks provide lessons on these non-language topics, but they often lack authenticity in that the materials are oversimplified and do not match their real-world equivalent or they impose grammar or vocabulary that is not relevant to the task.

Presenter: Bryan Woerner
8:30 to 10:00 am
Westin Galleria, Woodway 1

Working With Beginning Literacy Adult English Language Learners
Understanding the needs of the literacy learner comes first in this workshop. Based on the needs, you will practice techniques and activities that support literacy learners as they begin their journey. Techniques include conversation grids, line-up, jigsaw, and more. You will have the opportunity to outline appropriate activities for your classes.

Presenter: Sharon McKay
10:30 am – 12:00 Noon
Westin Galleria, Plaza 2


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