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Community Volunteer Training - September 21, 2019

Community Volunteer Training

Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

Community Volunteer Training - September 21, 2019

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All are welcome to attend a free day of workshops and conversations to support English language learners and adult basic education students in Seattle and King County.

Community Volunteer Training: Supporting Adult Literacy and Learning 
The Seattle Public Library - Central Library
September 21, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This event is FREE and open to everyone. Registration is required. Light breakfast provided.




Keynote: 9:00AM to 9:30AM

Census 2020


Session 1: 9:45AM to 11:15AM

Local Civic Engagement Basics for English Language Learners: This civics education workshop will provide ESOL instructors with lesson plans and activities on topics including responsibilities of the City of Seattle government, identifying where City government shows up in daily life, Seattle council districts and councilmember representation, and City services. 

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Teaching Techniques - Part 1: Learn techniques and activities for teaching English language learners, including those who have no English ability.

How do I know what my student needs to learn? Initial and On-going Needs Assessment in Tutoring: Learn how to assess your student’s needs on an on-going basis for effective learning. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss a student-centered approach to learning and strategies to create lessons based on the student’s needs for learners of various levels.

Teaching with Technology: Google and Mobile This workshop will discuss teaching strategies to integrate technology into ABE and ESL classes, provide practical ways to utilize mobile technology in a classroom setting, walk through a mock lesson, as well as explore the Google Suite of online offerings (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc).    

Session 2: 11:30AM to 1:00PM

Working with Adult Learners: In this training participants will identify, discuss and utilize strategies that facilitate learning and persevering in adult education.

ESOL Teaching Techniques - Part 2: Learn how to plan lessons and assess what your students know. Get tips on how to be culturally sensitive and how to differentiate instruction for various levels.

Challenging Tutoring Sessions: This workshop seeks to help volunteer tutors understand their general role as well as how to deal with common difficult situations that may arise during tutoring sessions because of common barriers faced by adult learners. Adult learners are in the room because they didn’t get the education needed at a more traditional time in their lives. They often come to ABE (Adult Basic Education) classes with negative ideas growing from negative learning experiences that played a role in these deficits from the beginning. In addition, adult learners come into the room with barriers, busy lives, vast experience, and deeply ingrained coping mechanisms. The end result is tutoring sessions that can be unpredictable. We will give volunteer tutors tools that will help them deal with these unpredictable situations and get adult learners back on track.


Taking advantage of the bilingual brain: Evidence-based strategies using the native language to support English development: In this session, we will integrate research and practice by drawing on both cognitive science and the What Works study on Adult ESL literacy. We will discuss the research and illustrate findings with examples from the field. We will highlight instructional practices used by teachers that have resulted in greater English learning for their students. These will include the use of preview/review method used in classrooms where teachers, coaches, and tutors share a common language with their students as well as strategies for multilingual classrooms. Strategies that take advantage of “translanguaging” as a means to build language awareness and language curiosity will be discussed as well. Finally, we will illustrate the use of recent multimedia resources that help learners take advantage of their own bilingual brains. Since the use of the native language in language teaching is still a somewhat contentious issues, we are hoping that a lively discussion will ensue. 


This event is sponsored by King County Goodwill, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, King County Library System, Literacy Source, and OneAmerica.

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The Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

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