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What is Noncredit?

ESL Insights | March 26, 2013 | 14 Comments

What is Noncredit?

What is known as adult education in the K-12 system is generally known as noncredit in Community Colleges. In the ESL realm, there have been two separate entities delivering instruction: some districts have adult ESL classes under their local K-12 district, while credit instruction is provided by the community college; in other areas, the community college district provides both credit and noncredit ESL, though not always

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Will the Real Generation 1.5 Please Stand Up?

ESL Insights | February 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Will the Real Generation 1.5 Please Stand Up?

by Julia McGurk If you grew up in California, the chances are you went to school with someone who would be categorized as Generation 1.5, and the chances are that you wouldn’t be able to pick them out from students who spent their whole lives in the US speaking English. In fact you have probably […]

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The Billion Dollar Question: How Will Immigration Reform Affect Adult Education?

ESL Insights | February 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Billion Dollar Question: How Will Immigration Reform Affect Adult Education?

By Lori Howard Business and labor leaders are showing support for an immigration reform bill proposed by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators which would affect approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants who already live in the U.S. The reform being discussed includes the “Dream Act” which would create an expedited path to citizenship for young […]

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ESL from the Inside

ESL Insights | February 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

ESL from the Inside

by Gregory Keech Imagine yourself in Beijing, or Cairo. You did not finish high school in your home country. You know nothing of the language, and you don’t even know the script. You are working full-time, perhaps at two or more jobs. You have a partner and several children, and maybe an elderly relative to […]

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