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1.  Montana ABLE ESOL Standards:  Lesson #3 Low Beginning Writing p.16

Performance Conditions: Learners at this stage of proficiency are able to write simple

sentences on familiar and personally relevant topics using vocabulary related to the functions

and supporting grammar and mechanics for this level and the preceding level. Basic vocabulary

and structures in simple sentences and phrases are characteristic of learners’ writings at this

level. Errors in spelling and grammar are frequent and characteristic of language production at

this stage.

Low Beginning ESOL Proficiency Standards:  Writing - Met Level

Click here to access ESOL LB Sample Writing Lessons

All Future Lessons

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Don't forget!  Lessons will also be linked from the Montana ABLE Content Standards and Montana ESOL Standards.  Linked lessons are highlighted in yellow. 

2.   Distance Learning Research #3 Response:  Online Learners Part III

Click here to check out what one of your colleagues has to say about the following:   Are Montana ABLE programs providing these students with access to technology? 

Any more thoughts about this subject? 

3.  Distance Learning Research from CAAL:  The Power of Technology to Transform Adult Learning:  Expanding Access to Adult Education and Workforce Skills Through Distance Learning

October 21, 2009 (New York) -- CAAL today released THE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY TO TRANSFORM ADULT LEARNING: Expanding Access to Adult Education and Workforce Skills Through Distance Learning. This 65-page paper is based on a 9-month project directed by Dr. Mary L. McCain of TechVision 21 in Washington, D.C. Federal and state government is the primary audience but CAAL also aims to help inform private sector engagement and assist program and curriculum development professionals. Among the report's recommendations are to establish a national web portal to meet the needs of both adult learners and professional/skilled ICT users; federal incentives to encourage and help states integrate technology-assisted learning into overall adult education and workforce skills planning; projects to support the development of distance learning in a variety of areas (such as distance learning certifications, performance measures that validate ICT literacy, and online learning assessment); a strong research, analysis, and evaluation program; and activities to foster stakeholder involvement, including the philanthropic and business communities. The POWER OF TECHNOLOGY includes a primer section on the tools of technology. Another section presents exemplary national and state technology-based program models for instruction, professional development, and program/data management. Findings of recent research on distance learning are presented and analyzed, and an extensive bibliographic appendix is included. The report is available as NC-CAAL11 from the CAAL website at . It can also be purchased directly from CAAL ($20 plus postage, volume discounts available).

4.  Montana ESOL Conference Follow-up Procedure Change

Please send your completed tasks to Sarah Young at by October 31.

5.  How Does the Brain Read

Posting by David Rosen on Technology Discussion List

6.  Discussion on Math Dyslexia

There has been a lot of good discussion on math dyslexia on the Learning Disabilities Discussion list.  Click here to read current postings.


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