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Let’s Start at the Very Beginning: Instruction for Literacy Level Adult Learners (2-part session)

About This Session


Do you work with adult learners who are just beginning to read and write? 

This session will cover suggested goals, processes, and activities for helping an adult ESL learners get successfully started on the road to literacy, and will help to make the process feel less daunting for instructors working with this level.

Make sure to come to both parts of this 2-part session!

What we'll cover:

  • Language Immersion Experience: Step into the shoes of a literacy level learner
  • Overview and characteristics of literacy level learners
  • Instructional recommendations for working with literacy level learners
  • Develop alphabetics for new writers
  • Incorporate phonics instruction to build skills for new readers
  • Use the language experience approach (LEA) to build on knowledge, talent, and interests

Topics & Focus

Primary Topic Area
topic - English Language Learning, ESL, ELL
Session will also cover:
topic - instructional theory, methodology, research
topic - diversity, equity & inclusion

Handouts & Materials

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning – Part 1 (breakout slides – shared Google Drive link)

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning – Part 2 (breakout slides – shared Google Drive link)

Echelberger, Andrea

Presenter: Andrea Echelberger
Organization: LESLLA

ROLE classroom instructors
LEVEL beginner
Case study?

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