Since KQED is closing the ESL/Postsecondary project, this will be the final post for ESL Insights. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contributions to the blog. It has been a wonderful journey, working with you all on our shared mission and learning about all that you do to shape opportunities for immigrant communities.
While most instructors lament the change of tides where every student has a cell phone seeming more interested in a four inch screen than the lesson at hand, I often wonder how quickly the instructor would change their tune if they knew, for example, that their students were tweeting something profound that they heard while listening to their favorite teacher.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.