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1.  Distance Learning Research #2:  Online Learners  Part II

According to the NIFL research document, "Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills Required for Independent Online Learning," in 2000-2001 the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics completed the National Household Education Survey Participation in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning telephone survey.  The study  surveyed 10,873 representative of adults over age 16, not in full-time formal schooling One of the key findings was the following:

Confirmed trends that adults with higher educational attainment and incomes participated in more continuing education activities; reported less than 1% participates in ABE-ESOL classes

A technology-related finding follows:

Technology is increasingly used in instruction, but the Internet and World Wide Web are still a novelty for course delivery.

Silver-Pecuilla, Heidi and Reder, Stephen, "Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills Required for Independent Online Learning."  NIFL, October 2009, p.6.    < >


So this report was eight years ago.  What do you think?  Have things changed?  Is using the Internet for course delivery still a novelty for ABLE delivery?  If so, why? 

Any thoughts? 

2.  Montana ABLE Content Standards and Montana ESOL Standards

Click here to access the Montana ABLE Content Standards.

Click here to access the Montana ESOL Standards

3.  Montana Distance Learning Training and Professional Development for Montana ABLE Programs

October 16, 2009

Lincoln Center, 415 N. 30th, Billings

Basement Adult Education Classroom

9 to 12

Click here  for the agenda.

4.  PEP Talk Training for Montana ABLE Programs

Click here  for dates and registration information.

5.  Montana ESL Conference Professional Development Tasks Reminder

Send completed tasks to MTLINCS by 10/31/09!  Click here for more information.

6Understanding the Economy

Help Students Understand What Is Happening in the Economy

ANNOUNCING the "Economic Crisis" issue of THE CHANGE AGENT - What exactly happened when Wall Street crashed in 2008? What led to the crisis? What exactly is a housing bubble? A bank bailout? A stimulus package? Using clear language accompanied by illustrations and graphics, the September 2009 issue of The Change Agent explains the roots of the crisis, tells how people are responding, gives voice to the unemployed, and tells inspiring stories of what we could do to create an economy that works for everyone. True stories by learners shed light on how people are coping, what they are doing to address financial stresses and injustices, and how they are staying hopeful. Use this issue of The Change Agent to teach math, grammar, writing, and critical thinking skills. Students will appreciate having these lessons rooted in relevant social issues and communicated in articles, essays, and cartoons that help demystify difficult economic concepts.

Find out more by visiting our web site

 7 Where in the World Are You?

Click here ( to find out WHO MTLINCS has captured now?  Recruitment and retention are important to both of these individuals!

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