Montana LINCS Update


Greetings from Montana LINCS


1.  MTLINCS Research Item #13:  Using Authentic Materials Continuation

Googling more information on internet regarding using authentic materials in the classroom leads one to several websites referencing the use of authentic materials with the adult English Speaker of Other Languages.  The ideas may be tranferred to materials for ABLE students. 

According to Gail Oura in "Authentic Task- Based Materials:  Bringing the Real World Into the Classroom,"

The extra time involved for teachers in planning for the use of authentic materials to supplement lessons is well worth it. In fact, using authentic materials has several advantages. According to Brinton (1991), authentic materials and media can reinforce for students the direct relationship between the language classroom and the outside world. Gebhard (1996) sees authentic materials as a way to contextualize language learning.”

Oura, Gail K., Cristine; "Authentic Task- Based Materials:  Bringing the Real World Into the Classroom."  <>

The key word to the statement above is extra time. MTLINCS believes that ABLE classess are actually implementing some authentic material activities and sometimes don't think of them as such,  One such activity that has recently occurred was the letter/email correspondence in which students of several programs participated.  During the past two weeks, students wrote their Congressional representatives to tell them about their experiences, positive or negative, in Montana ABLE.  Click here  and read Responses #3 and #4 to check out what some of your Montana colleagues have to say about this event.


    • If, in fact, that it is true that Montana ABLE programs are implementing authentic material activities, what are some of the things your program has done? 
    • What materials have you used? 

Click here to mail a response to MTLINCS. 

2.  Authentic Ways to Use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in the Curriculum 

Looking for some ideas for your curriculum?  Click here and go to Response #5 to see some suggestions from NIFL's Technology Discussion List.  David Rosen has shared a lesson with an accompanying evaluation rubric that involves job searching and writing using MSWord.

3.  MAACE at MEA Conference - Let's Reconnect :  Call for Presenters Deadline May 8 

Click here ( for more information about the MAACE Conference.   

4.  Adult Education Wiki  

The Adult Literacy Education Wiki, created in November of 2004, now has over 1200 web pages, and nearly 1200 registered users. You'll find it at:

It's a free, web-based information resource by and for the adult literacy education community in North America. Practitioners like you help to make it useful, engaging and up-to-date. The ALE Wiki is an entirely volunteer effort. Some of the topic areas are very well developed and updated regularly; others need someone to mind and  improve them.  I would like to encourage you to use the ALE Wiki, to add to and improve it, and perhaps to be a topic leader.

For a list of available topics to lead, go to .

To find out more about what is involved in being a topic leader, look at and then email me at to let me know of your interest.

Below is  a list of current ALE topics:

*Action Research
*Adult Learners' Self-Study
*Adult Literacy Professional Development
*Assessment Information
*Classroom Practices that Work
*Community Literacy
*Conferences and Conference Materials
*Corrections Education
*Curriculum Development
*English for Speakers of Other Languages
*Evidence Based Adult Education
*Family Literacy
*GED Research
*Health Literacy
*Learner Persistence
*Learner Perspectives
*Learning Disabilities
*Numeracy Research and Practice
*Participatory and Emancipatory Education
*Professional Wisdom and Research Resources
*Program Design
*Project Based Learning
*Public Policy
*Women and Literacy
*Workforce, Workplace and Worker Education
*World Literacy and Nonformal Education
*Young Adult Literacy

David J. Rosen

5.  Adult Learner Persistence Project

The New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC) has just published the findings of action research done by 18 New England adult education programs that investigated persistence strategies in their varied contexts over the course of a semester. This report of the New England Learner Persistence Project can be found at In addition to describing the specific strategies and outcomes in each program, the researchers concluded that persistence can be improved by addressing key adult needs, such as the need to feel competent or the need for a sense of community.  

6.  Shifting Gears: Innovation in Adult Education, Workforce Development, and Postsecondary Education Programs

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently launched a new website ( ) designed to help states increase the number of low-income working adults who have the skills and credentials they need to compete for jobs in demand. Shifting Gears is a Joyce Foundation-sponsored initiative that aims to promote regional economic growth by aligning adult education, workforce development and postsecondary education in five states - Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The website is intended to provide information about state policies that work across the nation and to highlight innovative approaches in these states.  State policy resources cover the following areas: Basic skills policies that promote success in college and careers, using data for policy change, connecting education and work, financial aid and student support, and connecting to employers. The website will be updated regularly.

If you haven't checked out Minnesota's NetNews, an online newsletter devoted to adult literacy, then go to  It is well worth your time.  Two postings you may find interesting are the following:

GED Learners at

Adults with Learning Difficulties at

7.  Prison Partnerships

The latest report from OVAE's Division of Adult Education and Literacy, Partnerships between Community Colleges and Prisons: Providing Workforce Education and Training to Reduce Recidivism, describes how community college and prison partnerships can produce significant benefits for institutions, inmates, and the public. The report, which is based on the outcomes of interviews with correctional education community college administrators in 11 states, highlights several partnership models and their varying approaches to critical functions such as management, funding, curriculum development, and instruction.

Download the report from:

8.  ESL Webcast:  Understanding and Applying the New TESOL Standards

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) and The New York Times Knowledge Network (NYTKN) present: Understanding and Applying the New TESOL Standards for ESL/EFL Teachers of Adults Standards, Strategies, and Resources for Meeting the Diverse Needs of Our Students Through Personal Professional Development.

*Wednesday, April 29, 2009
10:00 am – 11:30 am EST
*All registrants receive access to the live event AND the playback (recorded) version of the program, to view at your convenience.

Presenters: Rob Jenkins and Fernando Fleurquin
Register now! The deadline is April 23. For complete program and registration information, visit TESOL’s Web site:
Faced with diverse classrooms, student turnover, limited resources, and increased pressure to raise student achievement, many teachers of adults have a major challenge in meeting the needs of all their students. Particularly in tough economic times, many teachers, especially part-time faculty, do not have access to the kind of ongoing professional development they need.

In this presentation, two experienced teacher trainers explain how to apply the new TESOL Standards for ESL/EFL Teachers of Adults, sharing strategies, case studies, and resources. The standards give instructors a framework to self-evaluate and set goals to improve their skills, and it includes an evaluation tool to help instructors get started.

Target audience: teachers of adults in a broad range of ESL and EFL settings worldwide, with a particular emphasis on U.S. contexts for teaching adults.

Thank you for sharing this information with colleagues in the field. If you have any questions, please contact
To learn more about the NYTKN, visit their Web site at

9.  ESL - Website Suggestions from NIFL's English Language Discussion List


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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101