ESL Videos

Webinar: Teaching Preliterate Adult ESOL Learners

This recorded webinar discusses key topics to prepare and support English teachers who are teaching adult learners with little or no literacy background in any language. This includes adults who were unable to go to school for various reasons and also those whose first languages are unwritten. Topics include: 
– What is literacy and what are the key skills underlying learning to read and write?
– What are the strengths and the challenges facing adult literacy learners? 
– What are teaching methods and practical tips for teachers and tutors? 

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Annotated Bibliography of Resources

Things Children Should Never Witness

In this episode, you’ll meet the men and women of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster Pennsylvania. For over ten years, they have faithfully loved and ministered to the sojourners that God as sent them.

How to Make Multi-lingual Bible Verse Handouts for ESL Ministries

Culture for ESL Teachers

This video is for anyone working with refugee and immigrant youth or adults in considering their differences and needs in acculturation (cultural adjustment). You will see the stages of culture shock and experience an activity to help you consider your own experiences with cultural adjustment and your students’ experiences. The video also explains “scaffolding,” or creating appropriate supports for working with students with language needs. A case study of a refugee child illustrates the importance of learning your students’ backgrounds, as well. Finally, the video shows strategies for helping your students integrate into the community. Created by MNA ESL trainer Mariah Cunningham.

Webinar: How to Teach ESL on Zoom

This two-hour webinar features segments from four experienced church ESL teachers showing how they teach on Zoom. Showing a range in technological skill levels and English class levels, the instructors show that English can be taught in multiple ways on Zoom! Viewers will learn tips for lesson plan creation, using Zoom tools, and other types of activities and classes that can be done on Zoom. Parts of this webinar are related to the ESL Teacher Training Workshop offered by MNA. 

Introduction to Using Zoom for ESL Classes

This 5-minute video explains how to transfer a program from in-person to Zoom, how to structure classes on Zoom, and an overview of how Zoom works and technical requirements. Created by MNA ESL trainer Rachael Sloan.

How to Use Zoom for ESL Classes

This 18-minute video provides an overview of teaching ESL on Zoom, including technical aspects of creating meetings, inviting participants, using screenshare and breakout rooms, and more. Created by MNA ESL trainer Rachael Sloan.

Error Correction for ESL Teachers, Part One: Keeping SCORE

A video for ESOL teachers wondering which errors they should correct, including a helpful acronym to remember them. Created by MNA ESL trainer Rachael Sloan.

Error Correction for ESL Teachers, Part Two: Correcting with Positivity

This video shows a few types of error correction options in the classroom and discusses how to avoid embarrassing or shaming students. Created by MNA ESL trainer Rachael Sloan.

Zoom on a Smartphone Tutorials

The following tutorials were created to help ESL students learn the features of Zoom on a smartphone so that they can fully participate in classes. It was originally created in simple English, but now, thanks to many volunteers, is available in Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Bangla/Bengali.

Using Zoom on your smartphone
Using Zoom on your smartphone – Spanish version
Using Zoom on your smartphone – Korean version
Using Zoom on your smartphone – Chinese version
Using Zoom on your smartphone – Bengali version

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Updated on March 31, 2023

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