Monday, August 4, 2008

Final Project: Reading Food Labels

Welcome class!

Our project on reading food labels will enable us all to make healthy choices whenever we shop for food. Have you ever really looked at a food label? Do you understand what it says? Are you confident about making the best choice when comparing labels? Watch the following video.

1. With a classmate, visit these sites:

2. Keeping in mind the information from the video & the various sites you've visited, you will create a food label using [Microsoft] Paint:

Here's a good example.

3.Using the information you've gathered, start thinking of how you would design a food label. What would you include? Say why you do or don't like the labels you currently find on food items? Explain you additions, omissions or improvements.

Below is a label I started for you. Working with Paint, design a complete label.

Below is your Wiki page. Document each person's role (research, design, etc.) , collaboration, and input. The Wiki is your means of communication during this project.

To get to your Wiki page:

Thursday, July 24, 2008

What do we need from the supermarket?


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Friday, July 11, 2008

Radio Diaries

Go to Look for Deported: Weazel's Story. Listen to the story and think about your own struggle to start a new life in America. Can you relate to Weazel's difficulties learning a new language? Think of some adjectives to describe the emotions you felt as you tried to understand the customs and culture of your new country. Share with the rest of the class any interesting stories or experiences related to this topic.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Listen up!

This blog is the creation of an instructor at the Center For Immigrant Education and Training at La Guardia Community College . Students can find concise scripted English on topic like, taking an order from a customer, calling in late or sick to work, taking a reservation, or telephone basics. Real life and practical applications for adults learning English-as-a second-language who are gearing up to enter the workforce or find better employment
A very comprehensive blog detailing all things American. A wonderful resource for those giving civics instructions. Those applying for Citizenship will find a plethora of useful and fun facts on American history, cultural and customs. Patriotic song lyrics and links to YouTube renditions are a big hit with students.

The sheer variety of learning activities this blog offers makes it worth mentioning. There is much to sing and read along to , cloze excises and jokes galore. It offers short but well designed topics like health matters, American customs, personalities, weather and so much more. Students especially love the jazz chants. A wonderful blog one can recommend to students looking to bolster language production while having fun. Edutainment anyone?

Friday, July 4, 2008

Movies About Adult Lit.

If you know of any movie which depicts issues pertaining to adult lit, please send in your contribution. My favorite is Stanley and Iris starring Robert DeNiro and Jane Fonda.

Fave Adult Edu. Sites

Literacy Assistance Center
The Literacy Assistance Center is an organization with a passionate commitment to literacy. Among the free services offered are referrals, conferences, professional development, certification, volunteer opportunities and job listings.
Literacy Partners
Literacy Partners is a well respected and well funded organization which provides free adult and family literacy programs. They are dedicated to making social change through education.
American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
The premier organization for all thing related to adult education. AAACE is the leader in adult education research, best practices, standards, policy and so much more.