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Check out these FREE resources for ESL listed on the Web site of “Free Technology for Teachers.”

Here is the list of the books which COD will be using for their ESL classes this summer. You may want to consider purchasing some of these titles which students will no doubt be interested in checking out.

Level 1

Bassano, Sharron. First Class Reader. Burlingame, CA: Alta Book Center Publishers, 1994.

9781882483297

Heinle Picture Dictionary. Boston: Thomson/Heinle, 2005.

9780838444009

Level 2

Heyer, Sandra. All New Very Easy True Stories. White Plains, NY: Pearson/Longman, 2006.

9780131345560

Heinle Picture Dictionary. Boston: Thomson/Heinle, 2005.

9780838444009

Level 3

Cassriel, Betsy. Stories Worth Reading, Book 1. Boston: Thomson/Heinle, 2006.

1-4130-0853-4

Level 4

Cassriel, Betsy. Stories Worth Reading, Book 2. Boston: Thomson/Heinle, 2006.

1-4130-0856-9

The next LEARN meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 1-3 p.m. at Berwyn Public Library. The agenda will be posted as we get closer to the meeting.

I want to thank everyone who helped make our workshop on March 17 a success. We all enjoyed the presentation by Dale Lipschultz from the American Library Association, and our panel of representatives from the local tutoring groups (Gloria Alicea of School on Wheels, Rick Lockner and Lynn Weissburg of Literacy DuPage, and Maryanna Milton of the People’s Resource Center) was very informative. I also want to thank Yvonne Riley at the Metropolitan Library System for facilitating the event, and the publishers who came to display their materials.

Finally, I would like to thank the LEARN committee who put the workshop together: Esther Chase (Berwyn Library), Tina Viglucci (Aurora Library), Ann Weaver (Westchester Library) and Jean Demas(Lisle Library). It was a pleasure working with you.

Joe Popowitch (Indian Prairie Library)

Calling all librarians! Learn more about serving your library’s English as a second language users at the LEARN (Libraries English and Reading Network, www.adultslearnenglish.org ) half day workshop on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Library System headquarters, Burr Ridge Office: 125 Tower Dr., Burr Ridge, IL 60527, Phone: (866) 734-2004. We expect approximately 30 librarians to attend from the Cook County and DuPage County suburban libraries. Register now at http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=6697

Our keynote speaker is Dale Lipshultz, Ph.D., senior literacy officer at the American Library Association, who will speak on the American Dream Starts @ Your Library!

We will have other presentations and have commitments from seven publishers to attend the session. Each representative will have table space to display ESL and adult basic reading materials for attendees to view.

Please reserve your space for this free workshop by registering using the link below:
Serving the ESL Patron 101
MLS Calendar of Events to view
description and register for March 17, 2010 morning session
http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=6697
We look forward to seeing you at the LEARN workshop on March 17th!

Are you having trouble finding a book?  Do you need to find an ESL class or a tutor?  Are you a tutor that needs help finding specific materials to help your student?  Post your questions here, and we will find the answers.

If you have found a book or other resource to be particularly helpful, please tell us about it.

LEARN has compiled its own list of recommended resources. An updated list will be posted after the March 17 workshop, “Serving the ESL Patron 101.”

For additional suggestions, visit the American Dream Toolkit.

The U.S. Department of Education launched U.S.A. Learns, a free Web site to help immigrants learn English. The Web site, which is located at www.USALearns.org, provides approximately 11 million adults who have low levels of English proficiency with easily accessible and free English language training.

U.S.A. Learns offers the following features:

  • An easily accessible Internet learning tool;
  • Simple directions;
  • Free instructional materials developed to teach basic English skills and help adults improve their English proficiency; and
  • Learning modules that can be used outside a traditional classroom

Source: U.S. Department of Education

Some resources for children could also be used for adults learning English.  One such online tool is called Tumblebooks.  The TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books for children.  However, adults might find this easy-to-use resource very helpful for learning English, too. Many libraries offer access to this pay database.

Visit the American Dream Toolkit Web site for recommended ESL titles. Thirty four public libraries from the American Dream Starts @ your library initiative contributed to the comprehensive list of print and digital resources. This annotated list,  the first of its kind, is an enormous contribution to the thousands of librarians and educators providing literacy services for adult English language learners.