The “M” Word

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

Using WhatsApp

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

Supporting Adult Education – #AEFLWeek and Beyond

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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First Literacy Lab: ABCD’s Summer ESOL Gardening Class

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

Preparing Adult Learners for Social Studies and Science High-School Equivalency Test

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

Brain-Based ESOL Instruction

  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