Invest in Adult Education
Stay Engaged
 

Literacy Salon: Developing Content Knowledge While Enhancing Language Skills

10 June 2014
News

20140530_134834

We often think that language skills and content knowledge should be taught separately.   Have you ever considered intentionally and systematically teaching language and content together?  At a recent Literacy Salon hosted by Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance, a team of facilitators, Anurag Sagar, Kathy Fagan, and Aydin Durgunoğlu, shared an innovative approach for doing just that.  This team developed an instructional approach for teaching adults that integrates language skills and content knowledge.  It is designed to assist in teaching academic content and language.  In two pilot studies, they developed and tested a curriculum for teaching ESL students American history and civics at the Center for Literacy.

The instructional approach follows specific principles and focuses on comprehension and vocabulary.  Teachers can also apply this approach to teaching students in ESL, ABE and GED classes.  The approach can be customized to any subject and level of learners.  Participants at the Salon were also introduced to some online tools that can be helpful when planning lessons to develop content knowledge and enhance language skills.

If you would like more information on this this instructional approach or the ongoing research study, you are welcome to contact the facilitators.  Aydin Durgunoğlu (adurguno@d.umn.edu) is a professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Anurag Sagar (sagar@centerforliteracy.org)  and Kathy Fagan (Fagan@centerforliteracy.org)   teach at the Center for Literacy in Philadelphia.

 

Recent News

RFP: Submit a session for Fall Institute

13 September 2019
Uncategorized

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The Office of Adult Education, in collaboration with District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, invites you to submit a proposal …

COVID-19 Updates

16 March 2020
News

Based on the most recent guidance from Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health regarding the COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution for our …

POSTPONED Call for Proposals

18 February 2020
Events News

Present at the 2020 Technology & Adult Ed Conference An update regarding the 2020 Technology + Adult Education Conference Based on the most …

The Citywide Graduation is back June 17

29 January 2020
Events News

If you have passed the GED®, HiSET®, or have earned credits towards and received your Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) you may be …

Sponsors and Partners