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Academic Writing Exercises
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This is a collection of interactive Google Forms to complement a series of instructional videos by Shaun Macleod and Mark Roberts of SmrtEnglish. Each exercise includes a short video along with original, self-grading comprehension questions and analysis of contextual grammar examples designed for upper-level writing students of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). When you click on a link below, you will be prompted to save a copy of the form to your own Google Drive. This allows you to edit the form as you wish and ensures that the data you collect from your students go to your computer. If you have questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me at timothy.krause@pcc.edu.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Timothy Krause
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Business English for Success
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Business English for Success provides instruction in steps, builds writing, reading, and critical thinking, and combines comprehensive grammar review with an introduction to paragraph writing and composition. Beginning with the sentence and its essential elements, this book addresses each concept with clear, concise, and effective examples that are immediately reinforced with exercises and opportunities to demonstrate learning.

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Business and Finance
Communications & Media
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Provider Set:
Saylor Textbooks
Author:
Scott McLean
Date Added:
01/01/2011
A Christmas Carol - lightly adapted for advanced students of English language by Timothy Krause
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This version of the classic holiday story has been slightly abridged and lightly adapted for advanced students of English language. The text includes comprehension checks, discussion questions, and collaborative activities.

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English as a Second Language
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Charles Dickens
Timothy Krause
Date Added:
04/03/2020
College ESL Writers: Applied Grammar and Composing Strategies for Success
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College ESL Writers: Applied Grammar and Composing Strategies for Success is designed as a comprehensive grammar and writing etext for high intermediate and advanced level non-native speakers of English. We open the text with a discussion on the sentence and then break it down into its elemental components, before reconstructing them into effective sentences with paragraphs and larger academic assignments. Following that, we provide instruction in paragraph and essay writing with several opportunities to both review the fundamentals as well as to demonstrate mastery and move on to more challenging assignments.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Barbara Hall
Elizabeth Wallace
Date Added:
02/09/2018
Communication Beginnings: An Introductory Listening and Speaking Text for English Language Learners
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This textbook is designed for beginning-intermediate English language learners. It is composed of 7 chapters, each of which covers specific speaking and listening learning objectives and includes dialogues, interviews, discussions and conversation activities. Each chapter includes listening and speaking components such as dialogues, interviews, discussions and conversation activities. Each chapter also focuses on 10 target words from the New General Service List of English vocabulary. The textbook includes an audio component that consists of recorded conversations of native and non-native English speakers, as well as links to additional listening resources on the web.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
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Textbook
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Portland State University
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PDXOpen
Author:
Della Jean Abrams
Date Added:
10/02/2017
Communication with Hamilton
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When I first heard Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton I was, like everyone else, immediately blown away by its combination of music, history, emotion and empowerment. My second reaction is one only teachers can relate to: asking “How can I use this in my teaching?” I’ve been working on this project since 2015. Thanks to a grant from Open Oregon, I’ve been able to improve my materials and create a workbook that I hope will let others access this incredible musical.

The workbook is designed to be used over a 10-week college communication course. It is designed to cover academic listening, pronunciation, and public speaking, using a thematic approach tied to the musical Hamilton. Ideally, students would access the workbook in print form, as it is meant to be an interactive “notebook” which will be filled with notes by the end of term.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
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Full Course
Provider:
Portland Community College
Author:
Davina Ramirez
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Conversation Hour: Travel and Survival Unit
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This is a conversation class unit created using Google Slides. The lesson covers travel vocabulary and discussion activities as well as survival skills vocabulary and activities. The slides include lots of pictures and all the directions you will need to carry out these activities in your class. You can easily modify the slides by making your own copy of them.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Jessica Johnston
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Diversity and English Language Development for Grades K-8
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This course provides knowledge and skills in supporting English Language Development and Inclusive Learningthroughout Out-of-School (OST) environments. Educators learn learn to welcome, support, and enhance language and literacy skill development for all children and youth and respond appropriately to the individualized ELD needs of non-native speakers of English.

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Education
Elementary Education
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
UMass Boston
Provider Set:
UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Elise Scott
Susan Vinovrski
Date Added:
05/23/2019
ESL College Transition: Listening & Speaking
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We created this site to share the lesson plans and other materials that we use in this Listening/Speaking Level F class with other ESL teachers -- click around and use what works for you! This is a 10-week course at LCC, but you can pick and choose from the 8 chapters for a shorter or longer term. The chapters can be covered in any order.

Lane Community College's Intensive English Language Program offers 6 levels (A=beginner, F=college transition). This site was designed for Listening/Speaking Level F, which is a class that teaches listening and note-taking strategies focused especially on lecture listening, as well as presentation, pronunciation, conversation, and academic discussion skills.

LCC ESL Students in Level F take three separate intensive classes (Writing, Listening/Speaking, and Reading for a total of 20 in-class contact hours per week). Prior to the re-imagining of this class and the creation of this site, each Level F class had a different textbook with different thematic progressions. Students experienced cognitive overload with the demand to learn the vocabulary, concepts, and skills of the three separate classes. In addition, students in our department are often from marginalized backgrounds and can find it financially difficult to purchase the three separate textbooks.

In order to lessen students' financial and cognitive burdens and create more connections between the three classes, we used the topics from the Reading textbook (Academic Encounters Level 4: Reading and Writing, 2nd edition, Cambridge 2014) to find freely-available authentic videos or recorded audio for the Listening/Speaking class.

Over the past year, students have expressed appreciation for the reduced cost of taking the course. In addition, they have shown increased interest and engagement in the course due to the authentic, real-life materials and complementary nature of the three Level F classes.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Annick Todd
Colleen Shields
Dave Schenderlein
Jen Sacklin
Maggie Mitteis
Date Added:
04/03/2020
ESOL 44 Presentations
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Materials for student presentations in ESOL course that uses the open textbook Communication Beginnings: An Introductory Listening and Speaking Text for English Language Learners by Della Jean Abrahams (http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1022&context=pdxopen).

Course Description
Presents oral communication as a process that involves determination of purpose, selection and adjustment of strategies, comprehension checks, and integration of prior knowledge with new knowledge to address the communicative purpose. Develops listening comprehension and speaking skills at a low intermediate level. Addresses use of important language functions, such as asking for clarification, agreeing, and negotiating meaning. Includes one prepared speech. Introduces the English stress system, intonation, and certain consonant and vowel sounds. Places communication in the context of adult life roles.

Intended Outcome(s) for the Course:

Understand oral communication as a process that involves determination of purpose, selection and adjustment of strategies, comprehension checks, and integration of prior knowledge with new knowledge to address the communicative purpose.

Use knowledge about language, culture, and context to prepare for and accomplish communication tasks at the low intermediate level.

Use listening skills to understand and respond to different types of discourse.

Produce spoken English that is mostly understandable with some repetition or clarification.

Begin to identify and correct basic pronunciation problems.

Deliver a planned presentation on a familiar topic.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Sarah Bauer
Date Added:
04/03/2020
ESOL News Oregon
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ESOL News Oregon is a website that offers short articles adapted from regional news sources about current events in the state. Stories are labeled with word counts and Lexile levels. Each is accompanied by an image, self-correcting exercises, and source citations.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Reading
Author:
Timothy Krause
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Embracing Diversity and English Language Development (ELD) in Your Program for administrators
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This course for Administrators provides knowledge and skills in supporting diverse families and enhancing English LanguageDevelopment (ELD) across expressive and receptive language domains for school-age children who are English Language Learners (ELL) or have other learning and language barriers. Administrators learn about  key standards and best practices and explore strategies to implement improved practice, creating a shift in policies and programmatic culture to embrace and support diverse learners, welcoming non-native English speaking families and enhancing the ELD progress of students who are learners of English.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
UMass Boston
Provider Set:
UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
Elise Scott
Susan Vinovrski
Date Added:
05/23/2019
Expository Writing for Bilingual Students, Fall 2002
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Formulating, organizing, and presenting ideas clearly in writing. Reviews basic principles of rhetoric. Focuses on development of a topic, thesis, choice of appropriate vocabulary, and sentence structure to achieve purpose. Develops idiomatic prose style. Gives attention to grammar and vocabulary usage. Special focus on strengthening skills of bilingual students. Successful completion satisfies Phase I of the Writing Requirement. The purpose of this course is to develop your writing skills so that you can feel confident writing the essays, term papers, reports, and exams you will have to produce during your career here at MIT. We will read and analyze samples of expository writing, do some work on vocabulary development, and concentrate on developing your ability to write clear, accurate, sophisticated prose. We will also deal with the grammar and mechanical problems you may have trouble with.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English as a Second Language
Composition and Rhetoric
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Brennecke, Patricia W.
Date Added:
01/01/2002
Fishy Fun
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This material contains 5 incomplete tongue twisters.Student will complete each line by adding the same letter. Students practice saying the tongue twisters in pairs and/or with the instructor. Second activity has fishing vocabulary with missing first and last letters and matching definitions.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
http://americanenglish.state.gov (English Teaching Forum, Number 2 2011)
Author:
unknown
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Getting Started and Creating Community Unit
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This is a unit of instruction I created for an intermediate integrated skills course. It has a lot of activities targeted at creating community and getting students on track as effective language learners.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Jessica Johnston
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Getting to Know You
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In this ESL module, students learn how to interview a classmate and write a profile, or short biography. The module includes reading and vocabulary lessons, listening and speaking exercises, writing practice and grammar lessons.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Sara Ferguson
Date Added:
04/03/2020
GroupMaker Instructor Support Application
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GroupMaker is an application that eases the burden of assigning many papers and presentations to students individually and collectively.

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Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Business and Finance
Management
Communications & Media
Education
Engineering
English as a Second Language
English Language Arts
Health Sciences
History
Physical Science
Professional Studies
Social Science
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Precha Thavikulwat
Date Added:
09/07/2019
Hagerstown Community College Open Educational Resources (OER) Guidebook
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An introduction to OERs and steps for getting started at both the classroom and institutional levels.

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Applied Science
Arts and Humanities
Business and Finance
Communications & Media
Education
Engineering
English as a Second Language
English Language Arts
Health Sciences
History
Law
Life Science
Mathematics
Physical Science
Professional Studies
Social Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Kendra Perry
Date Added:
03/30/2020
Home and School: Ten Easy Picture Stories for Beginning Students of English
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This book contains 10 easy picture stories for beginning students of English. The stories have a Lexile level of 100L-500L and address common home and school situations. Each story includes images, self-correcting comprehension exercises, and a conversation prompt.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Timothy Krause
Date Added:
11/01/2018
Language & Civil Society: Civic Education
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The volume is designed specifically for language teachers who are turning toward content-based instruction to promote content learning and language learning in their classes. Through the exploration of topics related to civic education, language teachers can help their students master English and simultaneously become more knowledgeable citizens of the world. The combination of improved language skills and increased knowledge can enhance students' studies, work, and ability to become more active and conscientious participants in their communities.

Subject:
Cultural Studies
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Author:
Fredricka L. Stoller, Ph.D.
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Language & Civil Society: Peace Education
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Peace Education offers topics and issues that touch the lives of our students every day such as resolving conflicts, clarifying values, and understanding diversity. The language classroom also offers us the opportunity to help students address these issues through activities and tasks that are related to the content and that require the practice of language skills, social interaction skills, and critical thinking skills

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Author:
Carolyn B. Duffy, Ph.D.
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Language & Civil Society: eJournals
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The content is related to an aspect of building or maintaining a Civil Society— topics that affect students' personal or professional lives on a daily basis. Each chapter has four basic parts, including a brief background on and discussion of the topic(s) presented, classroom activities designed for a lower intermediate class (but which can be adapted to a more advanced level), other resources for authentic materials (internet, books, videos, etc.), and references for what has been presented. Paradigms, theories, and techniques have been developed to aid the instructors in their tasks. Techniques such as scaffolding help to make the content more accessible to the student. Theories such as learning strategies and multiple intelligences help instructors to appropriately design their lessons for maximum benefit to each student's own academic culture. Choices of activities such as reading, discussion, and interviews aid the instructor to focus on strengthening the students' basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in an integrated way that will foster communication and promote the students' self-reliance in the target language.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Language & Life Sciences: Controversial Issues in Gene Research
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One of the fastest-growing areas of medical research is that of genetic testing and gene therapy. This chapter introduces students to this area of DNA research and helps them explore the related ethical issues. Scientists have recently completed a preliminary ‰ŰĎmap‰Ű of all the genes in the human body. This is also known as the Human Genome Project and consists of all the sequences of DNA chemical units that tell a cell how to behave. This accomplishment has incredible benefits. However, it also raises new, complex issues that society cannot ignore.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Author:
Donna M. Brinton, Christine Holten, Jodi L. Nooyen
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Language & Life Sciences: Mapping the Human Genome
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Rather than focus on the scientific details of this discovery, this chapter gives an overview of the important concepts related to DNA's initial discovery and later research conducted in this field. Teachers can use the lesson plans and materials to help students understand these fundamental concepts and gain a command of the vocabulary necessary to discuss them. Given the amazing advances in biological research and the new knowledge that has become available to human beings about their own biological makeup, it is important for students to know basic concepts related to DNA research and the human genome project. This following lesson provides a basic introduction to this topic in an interactive fashion.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Author:
Donna M. Brinton, Christine Holten, Jodi L. Nooyen
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Language & Life Sciences: eJournals
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Biotechnology is perhaps the most rapidly advancing area in science today. The Advances in Biotechnology volume has been created to provide language teachers with resources about breakthroughs in biotechnology. Each chapter of the volume highlights one aspect of research in the field of DNA and genetics along with its applications to and implications for society. The chapters feature relevant background information on each topic, interactive and communicative classroom activities, and a list of related print and Internet resources that will allow teachers to expand the lesson further.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Genetics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Author:
Donna M. Brinton, Christine Holten, Jodi L. Nooyen
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Listen Up!
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This activity deals with the concept of rhyming. This concept is not immediately understood by most students and needs to be explained first with ample examples. The activity consists of groups of 3 words two of which rhyme and one doesn't. Students read the words or listen to the instructor and select the word that doesn't rhyme. They are then directed to pick a specific letter from the "wrong" word and write it in a separate column. After completing the assignment students unscramble the letters trying to form a meaningful expression related to listening which in this case is "I'm all ears".

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Interactive
Provider:
americanenglish.state.gov (Teaching Forum #4 2012)
Author:
not stated
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation, Fall 2004
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A seven-week module for high intermediate ESL students who need to develop better listening comprehension and oral skills. The workshop involves short speaking and listening assignments with extensive exercises in accurate comprehension, pronunciation, stress and intonation, and expression of ideas.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Yoo, Isaiah
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Low Intermediate ESL Writing
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Created for Washtenaw Community College's low intermediate ESL students, this OER writing textbook covers writing sentences, summaries, opinions, and narratives, as well as improving spelling and grammar.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Washtenaw Community College
Author:
Heather Zettelmaier
Date Added:
04/03/2020
My Arabic Website
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This website is a collection of resources concerning learning Arabic as a second language as well as information about Arab culture, Islam, and various Arab countries. There are links to videos from YouTube on the site relating to Arabic study, including songs and lessons, as well as a host of other more unrelated things, such as tornadoes. Links to opportunities to study Arabic, teacher resources, and Arabic newspapers are available.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Cultural Studies
Languages
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lecture
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
MyArabicWebsite
Date Added:
04/03/2020
PCC OER: A Digital Workbook for Beginning ESOL
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This book contains three levels of interactive grammar lessons and reading activities for beginning students of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). The grammar section includes a select set of YouTube videos, and the three original readers include short picture or chapter stories. Each lesson is accompanied by self-correcting exercises.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Davida Jordan
Eric Dodson
Timothy Krause
Date Added:
05/22/2019
PDX Journeys: Studying and Living in the US, Low-Intermediate Novel and Textbook for University ESL Students
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Each unit begins with a chapter of fiction about a teacher and students in one ESL class. Reading comprehension and reading skills exercises follow. Prefix and suffix vocabulary-focus exercises are included. Academic Word List vocabulary exercises help students build a strong foundation in both receptive and productive knowledge. The following chapters in each unit expand on unit themes through non-fiction articles focusing on academic preparation, international experiences, and cultural adjustment. Vocabulary is repeated and comprehension and reading skills are further practiced.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
PDXOpen
Author:
Amber Bliss Calderón
Date Added:
04/03/2020
Persuasion Across Time and Space
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This unit shows instructional approaches that are likely to help ELLs meet new standards in English Language Arts. Built around a set of famous persuasive speeches, the unit supports students in reading a range of complex texts. It invites them to write and speak in a variety of ways and for different audiences and purposes. Students engage in close reading of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech, Aristotleí˘ä‰ĺ䋢s Three Appeals, Robert Kennedyí˘ä‰ĺ䋢s On the Assassination of Martin Luther King, and George Wallaceí˘ä‰ĺ䋢s The Civil Rights Movement: Fraud, Sham, and Hoax, Barbara Jordaní˘ä‰ĺ䋢s All Together Now. The five lesson culminate with student's constructing their own persuasive texts.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
Stanford University School of Education
Provider Set:
Understanding Language
Date Added:
04/11/2012
Portland People and Places: Stories from the Rose City for Beginner Students of English
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This book contains nine short stories about people and places of Portland, Oregon written for beginner students of English (lexile range of 300-500). Each story has approximately 150-250 words. It is formatted as a picture book with approximately 1-3 sentences per illustration. Each story is accompanied by a set of self-correcting comprehension questions and a speaking prompt. All images are public domain except where noted in the alt text.

Subject:
English as a Second Language
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Timothy Krause
Date Added:
12/01/2018