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This online course has been developed for ABE teachers who have English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classrooms and who do not have extensive training in ESL.  In this course, you will learn:

  • How ELLs differ from native English speaking ABE students
  • Instructional techniques that will benefit all students
  • How to provide support to ELLs during instruction in reading, writing and math

All participants are required to complete an assignment worksheet which is emailed to the Adult Learning Resource Center for review and feedback. A certificate with 6 hours of professional development will be provided by the Adult Learning Resource Center upon approval of your assignment. All assignments are due by May 31, 2019.

To register for this course,  go to or contact Julie Koffend at the Adult Learning Resource Center,, 224-366-8500.

A 1-hr course based on the PD Webinar, Different Cultures, Different Math from the Spring Day of Professional Development, Feb. 2, 2018.

This course is designed for ELA (English Language Acquisition) instructors and other adult education instructors who have English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classes.

Through this course, instructors will learn to:

  • Define culture in a variety of ways
  • Identify strategies to employ for understanding cultural differences
  • Strengthen your own cultural competence as an instructor
  • Plan and implement culturally competent instruction
  • Guide students in become more culturally competent

This iLEARN course accompanies an online course developed by ELL-U and now  housed on the LINCS website, The Role of Culture in the Education of Adult English Language Learners. Participants will complete this LINCS ELL-U online course (which provides its own certificate with 3 hours of professional development), then respond to items on an assignment worksheet that is emailed to the Adult Learning Resource Center for review and feedback. The assignment for this iLEARN course has two parts:

Part 1: Respond to questions about your instruction and experiences

Part 2: Plan, teach and reflect on a lesson utilizing the DIE/DAE or Funds of Knowledge strategy in your classroom.

The Adult Learning Resource Center will provide a certificate with 2 professional development hours upon approval of the completed assignment worksheet.  Worksheets are due at the latest by May 31, 2019.

To register for this course, go to or contact Julie Koffend at the Adult Learning Resource Center,, 224-366-8500 for more information.


Many students experience success when they learn at their own pace, are motivated to challenge themselves, and have access to high-quality resources. We also know that technology can engage students in the classroom, but who has the time to learn all the new technologies? This unit briefly overviews ten technologies that you can use in your classroom tomorrow.

Professional Development Credit: 
This unit is worth 1 hour of professional development.

Research skills for adult education students can be defined as the ability to identify a problem, determine what kinds of informational resources are needed, locate those resources, evaluate the gathered information for quality and relevance, and use the information effectively to address the problem. Encouraging adult education students to develop strong research skills will prepare them to be productive problem solvers when they enter secondary education or the job market.

Professional Development Credit
This unit is worth one hour of professional development.