C.O.D. Library ESL/ABE/GED Faculty Newsletter

April 2, 2010

April 2010 Newsletter

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C.O.D. Library ESL/ABE/GED Faculty Newsletter

April 2010

Spring Thaw– no April Fool’s joke!

It seems that every year I post two very interrelated stories to this newsletter.  The first one– generally written at the start of the academic year– asks you to send your requests for new materials.  The follow-up– unhappily quick on the heels of the former– apologizes and explains that our collection development budget has been frozen and I won’t be able to purchase anything new for our collection.

I’m happy to say that our recent warm weather has coincided with a budget thaw and I now have some money to spend again!  While I am always happy to hear your request for books, videos, audio, and any other resources you would like for your or your students’ use, I’m especially eager to receive your wish lists now that I can actually act on them!  I know it’s a busy time in the semester, so if you’d like to put this request on the back burner, I’ll be more than happy to send a reminder in June!

While my ABE/GED/ESL budget was sitting untouched, I spent some time exploring some of the great free educational resources we often promote in the Library.  If you haven’t visited the online newsletter in a while, be sure to take a look at my entries on Free Online Media and Films on Demand and learn more about the videos and audio you can easily share with your students or use in any “smart” classroom.

In other news, the Grass Roots Easy Reader series that I promised is finally available in the Library!  We have two series: 4 Humor stories and 4 Romance stories.  These high–interest, low vocabulary readers are at the grade 1 level and feature just 1 or 2 sentences per page.  If you and your students are interested in seeing more books like these, just let me know– Grass Roots has a total of 24 easy readers.

Books to Look For

Novel Scenes:

  • Low intermediate, Rooms with a view / Ann Gianola : PE1128 .N684 2010 
  • High beginning, Holding the bag / Ann Gianola : PE1128 .N683 2010
  • Low beginning, In a tight spot / Ann Gianola : PE1128 .N682 2010
  • Low beginning, In a tight spot / Ann Gianola : PE1128 .N682 2010
Oxford Readers

Oxford Picture Dictionary Reading Library- Workplace

Oxford Picture Dictionary Reading Library- Academics

Oxford Picture Dictionary Reading Library – Civics:

Oxford Bookworms Library Starter level:

  • Escape Phillip Burrows and Mark Foster : PE1126.N43 B877 2008
  • Drive into danger Rosemary Border ; illustrated by Simon Gurr : PE1126.N43 B673 2008
Endeavor Series:
  • Endeavor. 8 / contributing author, Vista Resources, Inc. ; development : PE1128 .E528 2009
  • Endeavor. 7 / contributing author, Vista Resources, Inc. ; development : PE1128 .E547 2009
  • Endeavor. 6 / contributing author, Vista Resources, Inc. ; development : PE1128 .E526 2009
  • Endeavor. 5 / contributing author, Vista Resources, Inc. ; development : PE1128 .E525 2009
  • Endeavor. 4 / contributing author, Vista Resources, Inc. ; development : PE1128 .E524 2009

Resource of the Month

FREE:  Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

FREE is a directory of of freely available teaching and learning resources from the federal government arranged by subject area.  Looking for photos to illustrate a history lesson?  Videos that demonstrate a scientific process?  FREE points you to places where you can find them.

Sources include NASA, the National Gallery of Art, PBS, the National Science Foundation, Library of Congress, the Education Department and more.  Subjects cover Art & Music, Science, Math, U.S. History, Health & Phys. Ed.,  World Studies, and U.S. Time Periods.

The number of topics covered is impressive and the choices of sites for each topic really highlights the breadth of information and the number of tools that are provided by the federal government for educational purposes.  Exploring each source in order to find these tools would be a daunting task– FREE makes it easy and fun to browse and find inspiration.

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