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Editor’s Corner
In some parts of the United States, winter conjures up images of dedicated instructors
and students trudging their way to class in the cold and snow, perhaps fueled by coffee
or hot chocolate. In other areas of the country, winter is sunny and the one time of the year
where temperatures are at a pleasant level—but again, dedicated instructors and students
alike are marching off to classes.
No matter what your winter is like, we think you’ll find something of interest in this
issue of
With the federal government’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) underway, the spotlight
is on health literacy. Our lead article excerpts an activity from a new ESOL-focused
health literacy website designed by ESOL teacher/social worker Kate Singleton.
Accompanying that article is a shorter piece with resources to help you and your students
navigate the ACA and its requirements.
We continually hear about readers’ interest in connecting technology to the classroom,
and we think our article on Remind 101 will help answer this demand. Remind 101
is a text-based message service that you can use to remind students about tests, and
assignments, or even to give them additional practice with what they are learning. You can
use Remind 101 and still maintain the privacy of your cell phone number.
Pronunciation is a perennial challenge even for the highest level ESOL students, so our
fun exercise on page 9 will give you ideas on how students can improve this valuable skill.
Next up is our story on creating graphs. The new GED® exam has a greater focus on
visual literacy, so we think this story will assist both students preparing for the new exam
as well as those who want to boost their understanding of the graphs and charts we see
so often nowadays in news articles and slide presentations.
As always, our Exploring Resources column is full of interesting resources to use for
your professional development or with students.
Finally, in our Student Profile, we feature Amelia Sandoval, who rose above many
challenges to undertake her GED prep studies and succeed in life. In fact, Sandoval
won the Ruth C. Colvin and Frank C. Laubach Award for Adult Learner Excellence
at the 2013 USCAL conference in Washington, D.C.
The Editor
Health Literacy:
Using Health Forms . . . . . . . 3
Classroom Management:
Using Remind 101 in the
Classroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Minimal Pairs to Boost Pronunciation . . . 9
Creating Graphs to Improve Visual and
Numerical Literacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Exploring Resources
. . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Student Profile:
Persistence Pays Off for Student Facing
Life Challenges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
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