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Putting the wrong emPHAsis on the wrong syILAble

Post-Secondary ESL | December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Putting the wrong emPHAsis on the wrong syILAble

by Jonah Hall Many ESL teachers get frustrated when it comes to teaching pronunciation. It’s hard enough for most learners new to the language to remember strange words, the rules of singulars and plurals, and the esoteric rules of English grammar. Then of course, there are the exceptions to those grammar rules. One of the […]

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CATESOL 2013 Essay Contest – Winning Essay

Post-Secondary ESL | November 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

CATESOL 2013 Essay Contest – Winning Essay

The CATESOL 2013 conference, Riding the Waves to Success, hosted the adult level essay contest sponsored by Cambridge University Press. Sandra Fernandez, a student in Mai Ackerman’s Essential English Transitions class at Simi Valley Adult School, won the prize of $100.00 dollars worth of Cambridge books and materials with her essay describing how she had […]

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Career Opportunities in Community Health

Post-Secondary ESL | November 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Career Opportunities in Community Health

There are expanding job opportunities for ESL students as Community Health Workers (CHWs) mainly in public health and community based organizations. It is a growing field requiring a whole range of skills that are developed during the certification program, which at City College of San Francisco includes a semester-long internship in a local organization or clinic.

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Turn Your iPad into a Smartboard

Post-Secondary ESL | November 6, 2013 | 2 Comments

Turn Your iPad into a Smartboard

Many of us in the ESL world are regularly watching well-to-do schools getting the latest and greatest in smartboard technology while we are left with the computer someone dusted off from the basement. But never fear! If you’ve got a projector, your iPad is going to take you to the next realm in EdTech, and I’d argue that in some ways it’s even more flexible than a smartboard.

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Navigating KQED’s Post Secondary/ ESL Resources

Post-Secondary ESL | October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Navigating KQED’s Post Secondary/ ESL Resources

This screen cast offers a brief guide to KQED Education’s media rich resources for ESL educators – resources developed by ESL educators around the Bay Area.

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Flipping Bloom: What Flipped Learning Can Mean For ESL Students

Post-Secondary ESL | October 14, 2013 | 2 Comments

Flipping Bloom: What Flipped Learning Can Mean For ESL Students

I have thought about writing this for quite some time. What is flipped learning? In 1948 Benjamin Bloom developed Bloom’s Taxonomy. This taxonomy determined learning. There were six tiers to get through and students needed to progress through the first tier before moving on to the second, and so on.

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What Is The Primary Purpose Of California Public Adult Schools?

Post-Secondary ESL | October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

What Is The Primary Purpose Of California Public Adult Schools?

Like beauty, the answer to that question varies from eye to eye. California has been a pioneer of public adult education, really in the whole world. Public school district-supported ESL classes for adult immigrants were offered in 1856 in the basement of Old St. Mary’s Church in San Francisco. That tradition of local schools offering classes for adults, “night school” for working adults to develop English literacy, or finish a HS diploma, has been a critical service in California’s economic development and commitment to equity and social mobility.

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Mission Drift: Toward the Junior College Model in California

Post-Secondary ESL | September 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

Mission Drift: Toward the Junior College Model in California

What is the difference between a community college and a junior college? This is a distinction that the general public may not be familiar with, and even within the community college arena, the definitions may be open to discussion. This piece examines the two typologies to spark dialog about whether California’s community colleges are heading in the right direction.

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Jose Antonio Vargas Has a Dream

Post-Secondary ESL | September 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

Jose Antonio Vargas Has a Dream

Jose Antonio Vargas reflects on the meaning of Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous speech 50 years ago, connecting it to the civil rights struggles of African Americans and to the dreams of undocumented immigrants today. For him and thousands like him “Immigrant rights are civil rights. The struggle continues. The dreams — and DREAMers — live on.” […]

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Immigrant Voices – ESL Educator Resources on Immigration

Post-Secondary ESL | August 8, 2013 | 3 Comments

Immigrant Voices – ESL Educator Resources on Immigration

As immigration reform wends its weary way through both houses of Congress, some sort of path to eventual citizenship for undocumented immigrants remains a possibility. Our revamped page Immigrant Voices offers three new lesson plans for ESL educators who plan to delve into the legislation and the impact it may have on students. Becoming A […]

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