Montana LINCS Update


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1.  Montana ABLE Meetings at MPAEA


TABE Training

BEST+ Training

Montana Bridge Program Mini-Institute

April 11

Montana ESL Mini-Conference

Montana Directors' Meeting

April 12


Red Lion, Helena, MT

1:45-5:00 p.m.




2.  MPAEA Conference 2012 in Helena


Click here  to access conference information.

National Information


3.  ESL Resource:  History Videos Added (Check out for other readers, not just ESL!)


 Taken from Recommendation by Linda Eckert, Former NWLINCS Director


Click here  to take a look at great English-learning activities created by a woman teaching English in France.  The videos with cloze activities may even work for your lower readers.


4.  ESL:  Study Circle for Diagnostic Reading Assessment for Intermediate English Language Learners


 Taken from LINCS ELA Discussion Lists


ELL-U is hosting a new assessment study circle this spring. Availability is limited so please register early!

Diagnostic Reading Assessment for Intermediate English Language Learners (SC16) will be conducted in three online sessions on April 26, May 3, and May 10, 2012 from 3:30 5:00 PM EST. Facilitated by ELL-U faculty member Dr. John Strucker, participants will focus on the creation of a personalized action plan that applies research to classroom practice.

To register for study circles, please register to join the ELL-U network. Registration is free. Simply visit to get started.

Once you are a registered ELL-U user, go to and click the Register Now button next to the study circle description. Once you have signed up, you will be able to access study circle materials and interact with other participants. If space is no longer available, interested users will be added to an interest list and will be contacted if a spot opens up.

ELL-U is an innovative and interactive free professional development network for ESOL practitioners. Through a combination of face-to-face events, online learning activities, and collaborative social networking, ELL-U offers registered users 24-hour access to professional learning opportunities and resources. ELL-U is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

If you have any questions feel free to email us at


5.  Family Literacy:  Sustain and Gain Blueprint for a Long-term Family Literacy Program


 Taken from LINCS Family Literacy Discussion Lists


We are excited to announce that Sustain & Gain: Blueprint for a long-term, thriving family literacy/parent engagement program is now available, free of charge, for download at the NCFL Web site:


6.  Technology Resource:  TV411 Virtual Tour


 Taken from LINCS Tech and DL Discussion List


Please join us for a virtual tour of the new TV411 website, You'll find award-winning TV411 videos and web activities on reading, writing, vocabulary, math, and finance, and select videos and lessons in Spanish.  This free site is designed for ABE/GED-level adult learners and includes our latest series, "TV411 What's Cooking", a show that explores fundamental science and math concepts combined with tasty and nutritious recipes.


You can visit the site at any time, but if you want a guided tour especially for adult education teachers, join us on Thursday, April 19th at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  To sign up for the tour, click on this link:


Alex Quinn



7.  Technology:   New UK Study Shows Information Superhighway Bypassing Adult Learners


 Taken from LINCS Tech and DL Discussion List


This news article about a journal article describing a study in the the U.K. is the first I have seen that looks at how the learning of a large number of adults has/hasn't been affected by Internet-based lifelong learning opportunities. The news is not encouraging. But why is this so? Do you think if a similar study were conducted in the U.S. the findings would be the same? If so, what should we be doing to make learning on the Internet more accessible to adult learners?


From the news article:

Despite a world of opportunities just a click away, there has been no significant shift in the uptake of lifelong learning over the past decade according to new research.

Pronouncements at government level about the creation of 'a learning society' where education is the key to a nation's economic development - the so-called 'knowledge economy'- are not backed by evidence in society, the researchers found.

Although easier access to the internet and faster connections may have facilitated informal learning opportunities, the vision of mass learning is simply a pipe-dream, researchers claim.

Analysis conducted by Dr Patrick White, a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Leicester, suggests that participation in adult learning neither increased nor widened during the first decade of the 21st Century.

He said: "Given the rapid development of the Internet during these years both in terms of capability and accessibility our findings suggest that online technologies have not fulfilled the promise of their advocates who believed they would break down barriers to learning and expand access to previously excluded groups."


The news article (free):


The Journal article ($36.00!) : Patrick White (2012): Modelling the 'learning divide': predicting participation in adult learning and future learning intentions 2002 to 2010, British Educational Research Journal, 38:1, 153-175


David J. Rosen


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