Other Adult Learning Professional Videos











The professional development videos described and linked to below were not made by MLoTS. They have been listed here to make it easier for adult educators and professional developers to find. They are organized in the following categories:
• Integrating Technology
• English Language Learning (ESOL/ESL)
• Basic Literacy
• Reading
• Writing
• Family Literacy
• Math

Integrating Technology

Captured Wisdom
7 ESL/ESOL and ABE video examples of best practices in technology integration in the classroom, from the Captured Wisdom project will be found at:
These videos are on the OTAN web site. To see them, register (free), then sign in to OTAN to get to them.
From the OTAN home page the path would be Ed Technology & Media > Video Gallery > Technology Integration Videos.

OTAN Video Gallery
34 ESL/ESOL and ABE video examples of integrating technology in the adult education (including English language learning) classroom. Registration (free) and log-in are required.


English Language Learning (ESOL/ESL)

Assessing Knowledge of ESL Literacy
The Reading Demonstration was designed by Literacywork International as an assessment for low-level ESL learners. It uses real-life materials and texts. Students are asked to indicate what items they recognize and how much they can read. Materials include fast food items, utility bills, grocery flyers, along with connected texts such as short personal narratives and newspapers. Learners are asked to read aloud a passage written in their native language as well. This is a quick way for the teacher to get a good sense of the underlying fluency and decoding skills the learner possesses.

It has three sections:

Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly (CLESE)
Bright Ideas – ESL for Elders Project:


Reading Demonstration
In this reading demonstration, Literacywork International’s Heide Spruck Wrigley invites Bessima, an elderly refugee from Bosnia, to show her what she can do in English (recognize popular labels, identify a product on a flyer, interpret a utility bill and read a simple story in Bosnian and another in English). At the end of the video, Heide interprets Bessima’s skills and comments on her strengths and challenges with literacy.

I have a problem
The "I have a problem" video shows students responding to common life problems and suggesting solutions. The teacher introduces a scenario and invites students to comment. It also shows a student offering his own problem to the class as others offer input. The web site includes a transcript so students can follow along.

Excuse me, how much are the peppers?
This video, meant for community teachers with little background in teaching ESL, intersperses classroom teaching with a discussion of instructional principles. The teacher teaches the English names of vegetables to a group of Bosnian elderly, who speak very little English, and then takes them on a field trip so they can compare vegetable prices at a farm with prices in a Chicago supermarket.

Some of the 7 ESL lessons below, produced by Literacywork International, have beginning level job-related content. Several classroom methods or strategies are used: true-false cards to check comprehension, judicious use of the first language for explanation, the teacher drawing pictures (chalk talk) and students drawing pictures

Review of Survival English (01:35)

True-False Cards to Check Comprehension (03:45)

Lesson Preview in Spanish (1:33)

Review Jobs Children Have (03:11)

Teacher Describes Her First Job (02:12)

Chalk Talk

Students Draw Pictures and Describe First Job (03:30)


A Framework Comes Alive Video and Guidebook ($15.00)
Video Excerpt: Repetition in English language learning

Quicktime format
Flash format

The goal of this project is to mentor new teachers confronting the challenges of teaching adult ESOL (ESL) classes for the first time. The video and guide also provide an opportunity for more experienced teachers to reflect on their philosophies and practices in the classroom. The video and guide can be used separately or together, with a trainer or independently.

Ordering information can be found at: Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse

English for Speakers of Other Languages
English for Speakers of Other Languages
is a 21-episode English language learning series of 15-30-minute video lessons, supported by the City of Boston's Offices of Cable Communications, Jobs and Community Services, and New Bostonians. It was completed in 2008. The series was created to help non-English speakers learn things that would help them feel more comfortable in a work environment, as well as everyday conversational pieces. The televised program was taped on location at the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) in Boston. Classes are hosted and taught by Richard Goldberg, former director of education at the AACA where he taught ESOL for 18 years. The ESOL program at the Asian American Civic Association is for beginning and intermediate English speakers. It aims to help the students adapt to life in the United States and feel comfortable studying English at a more advanced level. This is an opportunity for ESOL teachers who would like to see a series of lessons done by an experienced ESOL teacher.
To find the lessons, in the search box (upper right-hand corner of that page) type “ESOL”.

Adult ESL Training Video Project
The New American Horizons Foundation, through its Adult ESL Training Video Project, has created a series of short, accessible teacher training videos on adult ESOL instruction. Each video is about 30 minutes and uses classroom and instructor interview footage to illustrate topics in adult ESOL practice such as approaches to teaching each of the four skills, planning lessons, working with emergent literacy learners, and grammar and vocabulary development in context. All the videos are available free of charge online, or DVDs can be purchased for a minimal cost-recovery fee. The videos could be used to suit a range of training needs, for example: as self-access resources, incorporated in workshops or volunteer trainings, as part of online training, or teacher education courses.

Twelve videos are available for viewing at http://www.newamericanhorizons.org/training-videos (http://www.newamericanhorizons.org).

PDK English Language Learing (ESOL/ESL) Videos
The Professional Development Kit (PDK) videos were developed by literacy.org and the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL) at the University of Pennsylvania. . Included here are 5 ESOL English language learning classes taught by Margarita Kershner.

Real Tutors, Real Learners
A collection of tutoring videos that illustrate techniques for basic and ESL literacy instruction made by Literacy DuPage, a nonprofit, community-based organization in Illinois. http://www.literacyvolunteersdupage.org/RealTutorsRealLearners.html

Observing Standards-in-Action: ESL Classroom Lesson on writing
Produced by Oppix Productions under a contract with MPR Associates from the U.S. Department of Education
at the Prince William County Public Schools Education Program, Woodbridge VA

Basic Literacy

PDK Basic Literacy Videos
The Professional Development Kit (PDK) videos were developed by literacy.org and the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL) at the University of Pennsylvania. Included here are 8 basic literacy tutoring sessions with Dr. Richard Cooper.


Observing Standards-in-Action: Reading Classroom Lesson
Produced by Oppix Productions under a contract with MPR Associates from the U.S. Department of Education
at the Prince William County Public Schools Education Program, Woodbridge VA

Summarizing: Activating Prior Knowledge
Adult education instructor Kay Combs helps students activate their prior knowledge of a text.
These resources are part of KET's Reading Instructional Strategies collection

National Center for Family Learning Reading Strategies Videos
http://familieslearning.org/our-solutions/introduction-to-the-coding-text-strategy.html and for more information, http://familieslearning.org/our-solutions/downloads.html#comprehension_strategies

Comprehension Monitoring: Coding Text
Reading comprehension monitoring strategy: using a code (e.g. !, ? or ?) for marking texts, or underlining or highlighting text (4:46 mins)

Modeling the Strategy
http://vimeo.com/17156598 (5:55 mins)

Coding – Think Aloud Example
http://vimeo.com/8438323 (5:11 mins)

Coding – Guided Practice
http://vimeo.com/17156948 (6:33 mins)

Coding – Independent Practice and Discussion
http://vimeo.com/17158319 (1:32 mins)

QAR – Question, Answer, Relationship

QAR – Introduction (2:35 mins)

QAR – Modeling (Right There) (1:07 mins)

QAR - Modeling (Think and Search) (1:10 mins)

QAR – Modeling (Writer and Me) (1:27 mins)

QAR – Guided Practice (Right There) (1:30 mins)

QAR – Guided Practice (Think and Search) (2:01 mins)

QAR – Guided Practice (Writer and Me) (1:18 mins)

QAR – Independent Practice and Discussion (3:47 mins)

CAL-PRO OTAN and Los Angeles Community Adult Schools Videos of Evidence-Based Reading Instruction(EBRI) http://www.calpro-online.org/readinginstruction/video5.asp

Alphabetics: Closed Syllable

Fluency: Collaborative Oral Reading http://www.calpro-online.org/readinginstruction/video6.asp

Comprehension: Finding a Topic http://www.calpro-online.org/readinginstruction/video7.asp


Steps for Creating a Language Experience Story:
Video Demonstration
This is a series of eight very short videos that demonstrate a process that can be used with a tutor and learner (or adapted for a beginning to intermediate level literacy class)

Family Literacy

Adult Education and Family Literacy Curricular Integration
Lesson Planning

GROWS Family Literacy Program, in Apopka FL .
This video shows a family literacy lesson that focuses on vocabulary development.

Parents and Children Together (PACT)
Jefferson County Public Schools Family Education
Louisville, KY

PACT Time Focus (Introduction)
http://vimeo.com/30030012 (2:32 mins

PACT Time Experience
http://vimeo.com/30031681 (3.12 mins)

PACT Time Debrief
http://vimeo.com/30030294 (1:27 mins)


Observing Standards-in-Action: Math Classroom Lesson
Produced by Oppix Productions under a contract with MPR Associates from the U.S. Department of Education
at the Prince William County Public Schools Education Program, Woodbridge VA

Math Instructional Strategies: equivalence of the mathematical expressions of fractions, decimals, and percents
You will need to register first (free) to access this video.
Part of Math Instructional Strategies:Number Operations