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Portland Public Library awarded “Bridging Health Information Gaps at the Public Library” Grant

posted: , by Brandie Burrows
tags: Adults | Health | Language Learning

PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY RECEIVES $50,000 GRANT FOR HEALTH INFORMATION INITIATIVE

Portland Public Library (PPL) is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). These funds will support programs to bridge the gap in access to health information for our patrons, focusing on the most vulnerable members of our community — teens, immigrants and refugees, and patrons experiencing homelessness.

As part of the grant, Portland Public Library staff will receive training on an online resource called Medline Plus. We will offer workshops, community discussions, and direct interaction with health professionals and organizations, in order to build awareness around health information resources and provide opportunities for deeper engagement around the issues most critical to our community.

All library programs are free and open to the public. Some programs have limited spots and will require registration. A complete listing of all library events can be found on our website. You may also request information by calling the reference desk at 871-1700 x725.


Language Lounge: What’s Next

posted: , by Brandie Burrows
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Health | Language Learning

 

What's Next?

The What’s Next series, by New Readers Press, is a unique multilevel phonics approach for English Language (ESL/ELL) Students. What’s Next? are easy-to-read stories that follow Samsam, a Somali immigrant, through her daily life in the U.S. where she is faced with learning English, finding a job, visiting a doctor, and more. Each level contains the same story which makes it ideal for multilevel teaching.

Every lesson in What’s Next? takes learners through listening, speaking, writing, vocabulary, prediction, and reading comprehension exercises. Phonics instruction is a core part of each lesson, and students acquire new vocabulary with both phonics and sight word practice.
Research-based, phonemic awareness listening practice sets this multilevel series apart from other English language learning products. Each lesson introduces target vowel and consonant sounds, blends, endings, and 10 sight words. Learners first focus on the story as a whole, then work on the phonics and sight words, and finally return to the whole story again to access comprehension and learning.
Students practice beginning and ending consonant sounds, complete exercises, and learn new word families. The Teacher’s Guide includes lesson plans and reproducible masters for each lesson.

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Audio files for each story are recorded at two speeds for learners in a multilevel classroom. Download FREE audios on this page.


Language Lounge: English for Everyone

posted: , by Brandie Burrows
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Health | Language Learning
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We’ve added a lot of new materials to our Adult Literacy and English Language Learning shelves. I thought I would regularly highlight some of these new materials and this week we are looking at English for Everyone. This program has multiple components and focuses on the self-learner. The first component is the print material, which includes a course book and a practice book. The course books are designed to facilitate English language learning and understanding. The practice books have additional exercises to reinforce new skills. Each unit is broken down into modules, which should be done in order.

The course is split into four levels aimed at learners at different stages. Level 1 Beginner is aimed at learners with little or no experience of English. Level 2 Beginner is for people who know the basics, but not much more. Level 3 Intermediate is for confident speakers wanting to sound more natural in a wider range of situations. And level 4 Advanced is for learners with strong English skills who want to learn colloquial English. On the back of each book you can find more information about the four levels and how they relate to the CEFR and global exam standards.

englishforeveryone3To fully take advantage of this program, learners will need to register for an account online. This allows anyone to leave the site and log back in later without losing their progress. We have found this feature really useful to learners using the Mango Language Program.

Most modules in the books have supporting audio recordings of native English speakers to help learners improve speaking and listening skills. Every module in the book is identified with a unique number to easily locate the correct audio component. Each file can be played, paused, and repeated as often as needed. Audio can be accessed online through the website, but also through the free iOS/Android app. This allows users to learn on the go.

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Another component is the ability to access exercises online for free (unfortunately there are limits on the number of free exercises available). The online exercises are interactive versions of the English for Everyone practice books.

We hope this highly visual course allows for a deeper understanding of the English language. The extensive supporting audio and exercises, both in print and online, allows for greater access for language learners.

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