EE Resources for multi-cultural education

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The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has compiled several free resources for people teaching English as a Second Language. Education on environmental issues is important for all Minnesotans. For increasing numbers of people in the state, English is not the native language. Development of these resources using environmental issues as their integrating concept was funded, in part, by state grant programs. These workbooks are intended for students in English as a second language (ESL) and limited English proficiency (LEP) classes.

  • Newcomers and the Environment
    ESL textbook for intermediate and advanced-level students

    This ESL workbook profiles the lives of immigrants who have come to America and now have successful careers in the field of environmental education and protection. Instructors will find these classroom-tested textbooks easy to use, with material written at a level appropriate for teaching ESL.

    In addition to exercises to teach the rules of language, students will get practical information about how to live in the U.S. and be a friend of the environment. The stories about real people keep them interested in the environmental issues discussed, and the exercises help them improve their English skills.

    This workbook includes the following languages: Bosnian, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    ESL textbook/workbook

    Since the first edition of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle was printed in 1995, over 10,000 copies have been used by ESL programs around Minnesota. Over the years, the workbook has been done in a total of 12 languages, reflecting the Minnesota's growing diversity.

    This text was written with two complementary goals:

    1. Create a textbook which both teachers and tutors could use to teach immigrants how to speak, read and write English. Each chapter includes 3 to 5 ESL exercises, giving students lots of opportunity to practice both written and spoken English with the information contained in that chapter.

    2. Communicate information about reducing, reusing and recycling to immigrants with limited English skills, so that they would be more willing and able to participate in local recycling and waste reduction programs.

    More than 100 photographs help illustrate vocabulary words where appropriate, with key vocabulary words translated into 12 different languages - Bosnian, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

  • Community Power grant: EE Activities for ESL

    These interactive exercises explain what happens to the garbage that we throw away. They give examples of how to reduce, reuse and recycle. They also explain household hazardous waste, how to read product labels, and how to dispose of waste properly. The explanations are in English, Hmong, Arabic and Somali, and can be heard online or printed from pdf files. The exercises are all in English, and can be used online or printed.

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    Grades Pre K-12
    Citizen and Youth Groups
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    All Minnesota
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    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    Learning Resource Center & Library
    520 Lafayette Road N
    Saint Paul, MN 55155-4194

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