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Why attend this training?

Limited-literacy English language learners provide a unique set of challenges for ESL teachers. Teachers new to teaching this level often question their ability to communicate meaning and content to learners who have limited speaking and perhaps no reading or writing skills even in their first language. They wonder where to begin, and can express frustration at the slow progress of their learners. In this interactive workshop, participants will:

  • Develop empathy and understanding around the process of learning to read as an adult;
  • Learn specific techniques for scaffolding instruction;
  • Discover best practices for engaging and supporting literacy development;
  • Discuss and try out recommendations for providing differentiated instruction in a multilevel classroom.

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About the Trainer:
Andrea Echelberger is the ESL Training Coordinator at the Minnesota Literacy Council, where she conducts professional development for teachers and volunteers throughout Minnesota. Andrea has worked with refugees and immigrants in St. Paul, MN for over 16 years, and served as an English Language Fellow for two years in Cambodia.

Date/Time Details:
The training will take place from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm on Friday (March 6th) and 9:00 am - 1:30 pm (lunch included) on Saturday (March 7th).

Parking lot is available on the south side of the building, all side streets, and the empty lot across from the Center on Shelby Street.