Montana LINCS Update



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on a variety of national items!

Enjoy the rest of your summer!


1.   ESL:  CAELA Brief

Click here  to download the newest CAELA brief. 


Unlike students in K–12 programs, the vast majority of adult learners are voluntary participants in their learning – and this is especially true of adults learning English. Still, practitioners working with adults learning English may find that  they must  compete with many demands on learners’ attention. Concerns about family, jobs, money, and transportation; fatigue; and negative or limited past experiences with education are some of the factors that might inhibit an adult learner’s full engagement in class.


·       What does learner engagement look like with adults learning English?

·       Why does it matter?

·       What can the instructor do to promote this engagement?

·       What can programs do?


A new brief from the CAELA Network, Promoting Learner Engagement When Working With Adult English Language Learners, answers these questions while exploring the topic of engaging adults learning  English. The brief gives an overview of theory and research on learner engagement in language-learning settings, describes specific instructional strategies and program structures to promote the engagement of adults learning English, and makes recommendations for further research on learner engagement in this population.


Promoting Learner Engagement When Working With Adult English Language Learners
Susan Finn Miller
Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, Pennsylvania
July 2010


2.   Health Literacy News


Click here to access the article, “Taking Medical Jargon out of Doctor Visits.”


3.   Math



If you would like to participate in a guest discussion with Mary Jane Schmitt in August 2010, click here on the Math and Numeracy Discussion List, take a moment and sign up now.  To learn about previous topics that have been offered, visit the archives



The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has developed Money Smart-A Financial Education Program at to help adults outside the financial mainstream enhance their money skills and create positive banking relationships. This resource offers many lessons that can be used in a math class, as well as in reading and writing instruction.  The curriculum’s ten modules are available free in CD form (ordering information is on the Money Smart Web site) or can be downloaded. The instructor-led version is available in English, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, and Spanish. The online version is in English and Spanish.  There is also a version of Money Smart developed specifically for youth ages 12–20. 


With support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, ProLiteracy is offering field-tested strategies that can be adapted to a program's accountability needs. This is a three-part series of self-paced online courses. The courses are described below. You can access these courses here:


4.   Reading:  Future Webinar – Save the Date – September 1!


Save the Date! Live Webcast: September 1, 2010.

Join Brett Miller, Ph.D. (moderator); Daphne Greenberg, Ph.D.; Charles (Skip) MacArthur, Ph.D.; and Daryl Mellard, Ph.D. from 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Eastern) as they share research findings and discuss implications for effective classroom instruction during the live webcast: Getting Reading Results in the Classroom: What Research Tells Us. For more information on the purpose of the webcast and the participating researchers visit .


5.   Reading:  Vocabulary


Click here to access vocabulary research article.


The Role of Vocabulary Instruction in Adult Basic Education, by Mary E. Curtis, is a research article that presents approaches to vocabulary instruction that have proven to be effective.  Curtis first describes four hypotheses that explore the relationships between vocabulary and reading comprehension.  Relying on research on children (due to a paucity of research on adults and vocabulary), Curtis identifies several effective instructional practices: direct instruction, differentiation of word meanings, promotion of word consciousness, and engagement in wide reading. Although the article does not provide “how to” strategies, Curtis provides recommendations for practice, research, and policy. 


6.   Technology  


Take a look at the super discussion that has taken place lately on the NIFL Technology and Distance Learning Discussion List at


7.   Transitions:   Blog and Interactive Websites   


A new blog, CONQUER COLLEGE WITH LD/ADD at , recently launched.  Its mission is to be a complete online resource for post secondary information that can help increase the college success rate of students with learning disabilities.

Those who subscribe to its listserv receive a great free gift - an instantly downloadable 55-page E-Book,
Interactive Academic Websites, that makes students "active" learners and takes the tedium out of studying. This site is well worth a visit.


8.   Transitions:  COMPASS Practice  


The following sites were recommended on the Transitions discussion list for COMPASS practice.


·       CUNY has an excellent 30-minute interactive tutorial for the reading section of the COMPASS at  It has audio, flash animation, sample passages, etc. – the whole nine yards. 


·  -- I recommend students work on these with somebody to discuss strategies, and I recommend they take notes and review what they glean from the assorted passages.


· - a range of levels of difficulty, most easier than the previous link's selection.


·  -- powerpoint with about 10 algebra tests with answers and the steps to get there.


9.   Writing   


Writing Discussion Compilation

Click here to access a compilation of the guest discussion on writing instruction. 


Resource:  Writing Prompts

Click here to access suggested writing prompts.


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