Great Lesson Plan on Recycling!

We have been receiving a new round of wonderful EL/Civics-related lesson plans from Wake Tech ESL teachers who participated in the project this semester. One of our latest submission  includes a wonderful piece called “Landfill Tour” – a PowerPoint presentation on the Southern Wake Co. Landfill.   If you would like to see the full lesson, go to this page on our blogs:

For Instructors: Thanks to all who attended Laurel Pollard’s workshops – and a note about Alta Book Center

Hello everyone,

I wanted to thank all of you (at Wake Tech, Durham Tech, Wake Literacy and beyond!) who were able to come to any of the four excellent workshops that Laurel Pollard held for us last week.  She was so pleased to be here and share her work with us, and you gave her such a warm welcome. Thank you! With any luck, we will have her back to present for us again some time.

On a final note, if anyone is interested in purchasing any of Laurel’s books or any other product (ESL books, Cathy’s Cards, etc.) from Alta Book Center, they are graciously offering to give us free shipping for the next two weeks (until about March 14).  If you weren’t able to get a catalog at the workshop, you may access it online at: When you order a book, please remind them that you were at our workshop and they will look up your name to check that you were one of the attendees.  (I want to note that Laurel was in no way pushing her books and that I have made this available to you myself, not because any suggestion of hers.)

Thanks again to all who were able to attend any of the workshops. I hope you enjoyed it and that it will be beneficial to your teaching and to your personal life, as well.

– Anne

Professional Development Opportunity: Laurel Pollard

Laurel Pollard is an internationally-known education consultant and teacher-trainer. She has published four books for ESL teachers, including Zero Prep, Zero Prep for Beginners, and Wow! Stories for Real Life. More information on her books and presentations can be found at her website: Laurel will be coming to Raleigh to present specifically for Wake Tech Basic Skills Instructors, on the heels of a 2-week teacher training event that she is leading in Amman, Jordan. We are very lucky to be able to host her.

Don’t miss this opportunity!

Sign up here:

For workshop descriptions and sign-up information, click on this link.

February 29 (Wednesday)

1) 2-5 pm: Restore the Joy to Teaching with Zero-Preparation Activities – FULL

2) 6-9 pm: Learners’ Lives as Curriculum: Creating Learner-Centered Lessons – OPEN

March 1 (Thursday) (workshop times are switched)

2-5 pm: Learners’ Lives as Curriculum: Creating Learner-Centered Lessons OPEN

6-9 pm: Restore the Joy to Teaching with Zero-Preparation Activities – OPEN

Technology Wiki from Michele Cona and Nancy Ferguson

Were you able to attend the amazing technology workshop from Michele Cona and Nancy Ferguson last April (2011) at North Campus?

If you were, their website is a great review of what they talked about.

If you weren’t, be sure to take a look at these fantastic lesson-planning resources from their website.

Go to:

This site is password protected. To find out the username and password, click below and enter the 4 letters that we use for our college, all in capital letters. (i.e., W…)

Username and Password

New links to great ESL websites

Check out the list of  Links below (left column, below the list of WTCC blogs). Three new links have been added:

The British Council “Learn English” page – a wonderful website with activities for listening, reading, videos, grammar and vocabulary

The “English Page” – a site with Grammar, Vocab, Reading, Listening and more!

The “Road to Grammar” – a site with Grammar Practice, Quizzes and Games for every grammar point you can imagine!

Happy clicking!

New Lesson Plans from USCIS

The USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) has posted new lesson plans and activities. Check them out!  USCIS Lesson Plans and Activities

Topics:  Thanksgiving 1 – Pilgrims and American Indians;   Lessons on the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government;   Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence;   Benjamin Franklin and the Constitution;  The Civil War;  George Washington;  Abraham Lincoln;  Capitals, Oceans and Border States