link to pdf of ESL transition to GED pdf

The work of the 2019-2020 ESL PLC focused not only on CASAS and BE training but also on how best to transition our Kentucky ESL students to GED® seekers. The best practices reflect suggested transitions in IELCE programs (contributed by BCTC) and GED® contextualized instruction for non-IELCE programs (contributed by West Kentucky CTC). Both infographic models are accompanied by a FAQ document with contact information for questions. These highlighted models are not meant to be a rulebook to follow; rather, they should be guiding considerations to tailor to local needs and resources.

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Jon Reynolds, ESL instructor in Kenton County, created a playlist of video tutorials to teach instructors how to use the BE app on their phones. Teachers will need to make sure they have usernames and passwords for their students to effectively utilize the instructional capabilities at home.
link to google classroom
Geared toward new ESL instructors, this Google classroom contains instructional videos on scaffolding, vocabulary instruction, and instructional strategies. Instructors can even “ask an expert” about CASAS questions. Email Jo Botts ( for the classroom code.
link to a PDF for ESL distance learning ideas
Covid 19 propelled changes in how we reach our ESL students. The 2020-2021 ESL PLC gathered best practices from across Kentucky and borrowed other great ideas from around the country to compile into this one-stop shop infographic for reaching ESL students at a distance in Kentucky.
Literacy Information and Communication System

Programs participating in the IELCE initiative (Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education) can access programmatic resources collected by LINCS. The Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) is a national leadership initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) to expand evidence-based practice in the field of adult education.

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KYSU (KYAE at the time) conducted professional learning with Jayme Adelson-Goldstein in December 2011. Links to the videos of those sessions can be found on the hyperlinked page. Thank you to Jon Reynolds for making these recordings available.

This accumulation of webinars covers grammar instruction, project-based learning, vocabulary, etc.; ranges from 1 to 3 hours; and is produced by a variety of vendors/sources.
Elnglish Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education

These ELP standards from American Institutes for Research are intended for use with adult English Language Learners (ELLs) in the adult education setting. They correspond to the CCR Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, and mathematical and science practices, and should be used as the basis to help ELLs acquire the language knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their postsecondary and career goals.

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World of Better Learning

Cambridge University Press facilitates a blog for teachers of English to people whose first language is not English. World of Better Learning is the general home page for all categories of blogs. From the home page, choose a category from the pull-down menu; categories include Insights, Techniques, and Tools.


Grammar Teaching Tips and Activities

One subsection of World of Better Learning includes a grammar blog covering a variety of grammar issues for ESL students. Many of the posts contain downloadable worksheets and additional resources.


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You can create a free account to receive a monthly newsletter containing teaching tips and classroom activities that are included in the Grammar Teaching Tips and Activities blob.