by Lenore Balliro Whenever my colleague Alison Simpson and I collaborate in facilitating professional development for ESOL teachers, we always seem to end up discussing our favorite materials, methods, and approaches from “back in the day.” Both of us started teaching adult immigrants in the 1980s, when resources for teaching ESOL were few and far… Read More Retro, Vintage, Time-Tested
By Lenore Balliro, Director of Programs, First Literacy I had the great pleasure of observing a recent two-session workshop at First Literacy called Math Instruction for High School Equivalency: De-mystifying Algebra for the Math Phobic. I should say that the pleasure part kicked in after my fear and trembling subsided. The highly skilled facilitator, Marilyn… Read More The “M” Word
After attending the workshop “Digital Resources to Create Independent Learning Opportunities for ESOL Students” at First Literacy on February 3, Mary Ellen D’Angelo of Jackson Mann Community School chose the free app WhatsApp to try out with her adult students. WhatsApp uses the phone’s Internet connection for messaging and is more suitable than texting for group… Read More Using WhatsApp
First Literacy is delighted to welcome Lenore Balliro as our new Director of Programs. Ms. Balliro has worked with adult basic education teachers and programs across Massachusetts for many years: as an instructor, program director, staff and program developer, and consultant.
Where are the children who can read? This question was asked in a Globe Op/Ed published 20 years ago. The answer, then as now, is, “Children who can read live with adults who can read.” National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is recognized each year in September to raise awareness about adult education, English language learning, and family literacy. Nationally, approximately 36 million adults have reading, math, and/or English language deficiencies.
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ABCD developed this hands-on project after observing that many of their ESOL students had an interest in and experience with gardening, but did not know what plants grow in Boston and in many cases did not have enough room to garden.
“We experienced this disconnect last summer when we brought our conversation class to City Natives for a tour. The students spent an hour and a half comparing plants in their home countries and here, learning the names of edible, medicinal, and decorative plants, and talking about the gardens that they had at home. They were excited about the topic and this engagement helped them to interact with our tour guide almost entirely in English.” … Read More First Literacy Lab: ABCD’s Summer ESOL Gardening Class
We were thrilled when we learned that an anonymous donor had run the 2015 Boston Marathon in honor of First Literacy and we were even more excited when Adventures in Thumbholes learned about First Literacy because of this mystery runner. The runner chose First Literacy because, “Reading has been one of the greatest gifts and joys of… Read More Adventures in Thumbholes
First Literacy scholarship recipient Lauretta Brennan spoke about her experience as an adult learner at the 27th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee on April 7th. We invited Lauretta to speak because she has been an inspiration to our First Literacy family since she was awarded her scholarship in 2006. As you can see in her reflection below,… Read More Lauretta’s Speech
First Literacy held the first of its two-session Professional Development Workshop Preparing Adult Learners for Social Studies and Science High-School Equivalency Test on Friday, March 11th. Facilitated by John Shea of Charlestown Adult Learning Center, Kelly Folsom of X-Cel Education, and First Literacy Director of Programs, Michael Feher, the workshop was attended by 18 adult education teachers… Read More Preparing Adult Learners for Social Studies and Science High-School Equivalency Test
First Literacy held Session 1 of its Professional Development Workshop Smart Practice: Brain-Based ESOL Instructional Techniques Friday, February 26th in its new professional development room. A 100% attendance of 23 participants made for a lively room of engaged adult education educators – teachers and administrators alike. As a foundation for this two-part, six-hour workshop,… Read More Brain-Based ESOL Instruction