Volume 1, Issue C ::: September 1997
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We hope you enjoy Issue C of Focus on Basics, which addresses the topic:
- Welcome by Editor
Community and Skills Through Multilevel Classes
by Judy Hofer and Pat Larson
The mission of The Literacy Project, a community-based adult education program in Massachusetts, is to help "individuals and groups to make changes and engage in actions to improve the quality of life for themselves and the community as a whole." From their perspective, multilevel classes make perfect sense. Teachers Judy Hofer and Pat Larson describe their program and how their philosophy shapes how they implement multilevel classes.
- Multiple Levels,
by Lenore Balliro
ESOL specialist Lenore Balliro suggests that "multilevel" is multifaceted: many of the differences among students add to the richness of classes. When teaching challenges do arise, teachers, administrators, policymakers and students themselves must jointly share in the responsibility for addressing them. Balliro suggests policy changes that can alleviate the stress caused by multilevel classes as well as providing some strategies for teachers to use in their classes.
- Ideas for a Multilevel
by Lenore Balliro
Techniques and activities for a multilevel classroom environment.
- The Multilevel Umbrella
by Miriam Burt
What does the research say about multilevel classes in adult basic education? Not much. Miriam Burt, Associate Director of the National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics, examined the literature and explains why so little research exists around this topic.
- Electronic Resources
A compilation of electronic resources used in Miriam Burt's multilevel classroom.
- Technology Melts Classroom
by Susan K. Cowles
Teacher Susan K. Cowles explains how, by using electronic field trips (via the Internet) as curricula in her multilevel class, and "the multilevel class ceases to be an issueit just disappears."
- A Foundation for Learning
by Jan Phillips
By creating a structure within her multilevel math class, teacher Jan Phillips has found she can engage students who have a wide range of math proficiency in meaningful, thought-provoking activities.
- When the "Multi"
is Generational and Cultural
by Eileen Barry
Eileen Barry worked shares insights about what happens in an intergenerational setting dedicated to mutual learning.
- Multilevel Literacy
Planning and Practice
by Cathy Shank and Lynda Terrill
Teacher Lynda Terrill takes us into her multilevel ESL class, sharing how team building and realistic goal setting form the basis for a satisfactory multilevel class. Staff developer Cathy Shank provides a variety of activities and techniques for teachers grappling with multilevel literacy classes.
This summer, the Adult Literacy Resource Institute (ALRI) published a journal of writing on multilevel classes. You can order a copy from the ALRI.
- A Call for Help
Two NCSALL researchers are looking for teachers to fill out surveys and sites in which to conduct observations. The projects are described and contact information is provided. Become a participant in NCSALL's research.
- Focus on Research:
Longitudinal Study of Adult Learners
by Barbara Garner
What growth in literacy skills and other skills and knowledge do adult literacy learners experience over time? What impact does participating in adult literacy education have on the development of literacy abilities? What is the relationship between improved literacy and personal, social, and economic aspects of participants' lives? These questions for the basis for NCSALL's longitudinal study. Editor Barbara Garner explains how this study is being designed and what the findings might offer.
- Blackboard: A List of
- Editorial Board