December 2007, Volume 8, Issue 6

More Gifts from Instructors

Teachers in different parts of the state have suggested Web links that they believe will help learners throughout Colorado.

This topic has two purposes: (1) offer you useful links in many categories and (2) engage your help in adding useful links so that everyone can benefit. Eventually, we'll post them all in different areas of our site. Among the categories defined by teachers are terms commonly used in education to define approaches, characteristics, learning styles, and more. Should you find broken links, please report them so that we can keep the page up to date.

To access both resources, follow the steps:

1.CLICK HERE  to access the latest additions to Web links suggested by teachers and students in Colorado.

2. Become a contributor! (a) Join Google. (b) Send me an email letting me know that you want to be a contributor to the list. I will add you as a collaborator and send you information about how to access the dynamic document on an ongoing basis. I hope we have lots and lots of contributors.

Remember that you may use step two yourself with your students for a variety of team activities. To get online help on the simple process, go to

I am also adding weekly lesson plans and class activities designed by our Colorado educators. To access that growing list, go to Your contributions are also welcome. If you have an activity in Word or other digital format, I will post it for you with all of our thanks!

Learning Segments

Several of you have shown interest in participating in the Learning Segments that have been announced here and through CLICK. We now have schedules, instructions, and registration forms for you to follow. Go to and take if from there.

Colorado Blogging

Below is the address of a blog that a Colorado adult education teacher just started with her students. Here’s what Sue has to say:

"I created this blog for my adult students in order to expand our classroom community beyond its four walls, and to give them the opportunity to write for a real audience. The digital divide is so vast; this is one humble teacher's attempt to cross the chasm. They named their blog "The Beginning Writers,” which is honestly what they are. At least for now, anyway. I can't wait to see the progress they make!"

Those students would love to read a note from some of you. You are invited to take a moment to communicate with them! If you start your own blog with students, please let us know so that we can support your efforts as well!

Questions from the Field

  • I am struggling teaching a computer class to a group of beginners. I need to teach English as well as computer skills. I would love to have some ideas for basic and interesting projects that can be easily explained and completed in a reasonable amount of time. Can you lead me to some web-sites or books that could help me? Danielle

Following are a few links to computer lessons that can be adapted for use with students with limited English. In addition, I would suggest using computers to learn English, as follows:

1. Find a few games (There are many!) and assign each student a game. Then have students switch and teach each other the game they just played. Google "online games" and watch the long list appear of free games.

2. Take dialogs from different sites and have student type them out in Word, memorize them, and present them.  is an example of the many dialogs online. Click on one and listen to the dialogs as you read. Google "English dialogs" and watch the lists appear.

3. Have students create booklets in Word about their families, communities, countries, anything. Laminate them and pass them around. 

4. Place the beginning of a story in Google shared documents and have students add to the story.

5. Copy and paste cartoon images into Word and have students fill in the bubbles. - You can do this one right online. Lots of fun!!! Do a Google search on “free clipart.” Copy and paste or save as images. Place into a Word document. Use the drawing tools in Word or any MS application to add “think” and “talk” bubbles. Students enter the dialog. They have lots of fun doing that.

REFERENCES TO GOOD IDEAS AND RESOURCES - Click through the ideas, articles and links to resources. Cool. Includes lesson ideas, using podcasting and blogging, and more. - Integrating Computer Skills into Low Level ESL, article from 1998, but has some goodies.


1.  - for ABE but adaptable.
2.  - check it out.
3.  - not on teaching computers but contains some entertaining ideas.
4.  - very easy FLash lessons for kids, but I didn't think they were too childish, especially if you prep your students. Take a look.
5.  - Each lesson has a simple Power Point presentation along with a teacher plan. Even though these were written for older systems, you could easily adapt them to the newer ones, adding the changes in newer versions.
6.  - a little wordy in the intro, but the lessons have lots of graphics.
7.  - lots of interesting links to good ideas.
8.  - for you to get ideas. Too wordy for students.
9.  - links to resources that look very helpful.

Think Again

A.  What word, expression, or name is depicted in the box below? I know you'll get it without peeking! (Click on the image to get the answer.)

B.  Reversible Words

If you spell some words backwards, you make up a different word. For example, "step" becomes "pets" or "on" becomes "no."

Fill the blanks in the sentences below with reversible words (first spelled one way, and then spelled backwards).

Example:  Kittens are great pets as long as you don't step on them.

1. I went to _________; then I dreamed about slipping on banana ___________.

2. The best _________ of the story was watching the hero _______ the spy.

3. The beaver got ________ at animals that disturbed its _________.

Now have your students come up with sentences using reversible words.

See you  in the happy new year of 2008!!!!