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"Writing organizes and clarifies our thoughts. Writing is how we think our way into a subject and make it our own. Writing enables us to find out what we know—and what we don’t know—about whatever we’re trying to learn." ― William Zinsser, author of Writing to Learn

If you are interested in taking any of these trainings please contact your Regional Program Manager or Regional Adult Education Specialist.

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Developing Writing Skills in Adults
Writing is a complicated process, and even experienced writers may feel anxiety and nervousness when facing a writing assignment. This course will help you guide your learners through the writing process, from just getting words on paper (or screen) through pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and presenting their work. Along the way, participants will learn instructional and feedback strategies and do some writing of their own.Through the online course format, you can learn at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your own home or office. Facilitators, available to help you throughout the eight-week course, lead you through the content and technical aspects of the course. The course incorporates information about and approaches relevant for teaching the 2014 series GED® extended response items. Each week's lesson addresses a topic in adult education pertaining to writing. Course activities include readings, assignments, and discussions. The lessons are sequential. Online facilitated course. 40 hours

Talk Moves
Based on classroom-tested ideas and promising practices, the Talk Moves training is designed to guide students in talking through the issues presented by complex nonfiction readings and in applying those thinking skills to their writing. It gives strategies for facilitating high quality, formal in-class discussions and hands-on practice creating sentence frames to support student writers. 3 hours

Teaching Writing to Adult English Language Learners
The goal of this workshop is to increase skills in teaching the process of writing based on promising practices in ESOL. In this workshop we will:

  • Describe the steps of the writing process.
  • Develop teaching activities for each step in the writing process.
  • Identify appropriate error-correction interventions.
6 hours

Write. Read. Think.
Based on current writing research and the TEAL Just Write! Guide, this training focuses on cultivating the writing and thinking skills needed to write in response to source texts. Participants will explore strategies for teaching writing across the content areas; building learners’ summarization skills; and, helping students write effective, evidence-based arguments. Audience: Instructors and tutors of intermediate ABE and GED® students, 3 hours

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