Skills for the 21st Century

Cognitive and Literacy Skills for Success in a Fast-Paced Technological Age

Archive for November, 2011

Literacy Learner Stories

Posted by wrmcnutt on November 18, 2011

Here are a few more on-line resources.  The first is a set of four learner stories that give perspective on living with a low level of literacy. The links can be found on the top right hand side of the home page.

For a collection of even more stories, you can refer to:


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Literacy on the Radio

Posted by wrmcnutt on November 16, 2011

I just ran across a notice you might find interesting.  This American Life did a radio story a while back on a truck driver who made it all the way through the training and employment process without letting on that he was unable to read.

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More Online Resources

Posted by wrmcnutt on November 16, 2011

Registration deadline has been extended for the 3 EFF Online Mini-courses being offered in Nov 28 -Dec 12, 2011.

Register online now! *****Extended Registration Deadline: Midnight tonight! (Nov 16th, 2011).*****

Each course provides participants one-on-one attention from a content-expert facilitator, and is designed to be completed on your own schedule in 8-10 hours over just 2 weeks. Course completion certificate and CEU credit available and included in the $189 course fee.

Designed for adult educators, these online mini-courses offer immediately applicable strategies on topics targeted to the needs of adult learners.

**** How Close is Close Enough?: Improving Estimation Skills  (for all levels of learners)

**** Standards-based Writing for Adult  Learners: Getting Started

**** Using Text Structure and Graphic Organizers: Strategies to Enhance Reading Comprehension

For more information on these courses see the Course Descriptions  or contact us via

Cost:  only $189/person for each course – check/money order/purchase order only. Group invoicing available.

Information on Course Assignments and Completion information:

Please review our Course Technical Requirements before registering!

Register online via:   Registrants will be invoiced at time of e-mail confirmation, payment (or proof of payment processing – PO#, e-mail with check #, etc.) must be received before course start.

For questions about these or other EFF services please contact us: or visit our web site at

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Online Hosted Discussion on ELA

Posted by wrmcnutt on November 15, 2011

The Adult English Language Acquisition (ELA) list will host a discussion on November 21 and 22, and 29 and 30. Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall will facilitate a discussion of “Issues in the Preparation and Professional Development of Practitioners Working with Adult English Language Learners”

Discussion Description

Dr. JoAnn (Jodi) Crandall and colleagues from the Center for Applied Linguistics conducted a survey of teacher certification and professional development expectations for adult ESL teachers. The results of the survey revealed that although there are differences among the states, in general, states are paying more attention to issues of teacher quality. During this online discussion, Dr. Crandall will facilitate and discuss issues of teacher quality as they relate to the initial preparation and professional development of teachers of adult English Language Learners (ELLs) from initial preparation and expectations of newly hired teachers to issues related to more experienced teachers, including those who may be experiencing near burn-out from the stresses of several part-time jobs without contracts or benefits.

For a brief biography of the facilitator, guiding questions for the discussion, and a link to a reading related to the discussion, go to

If you are already a member of the ELA list, you may simply post messages at

To subscribe to the ELA list, go to

Miriam Burt

Moderator, Discussion List for Adult English Language Acquisition (ELA)
Center for Applied Linguistics

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