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Jose Antonio Vargas Has a Dream

ESL Insights | 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

ESL Insights | 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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International Conference On Adult Immigrant Literacy

ESL Insights | July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

International Conference On Adult Immigrant Literacy

City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and San Francisco State University (SFSU) will co-host an international conference for teachers, researchers, and policymakers working to promote quality learning environments for adult immigrant learners with limited literacy or formal schooling.

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Sustainability Careers: A Path for ESL Students

ESL Insights | July 15, 2013 | 3 Comments

Sustainability Careers: A Path for ESL Students

Elena Olmedo, who is interviewed for our Work Voices series, has some great advice to share. She was raised in a bilingual home, her parents having emigrated from El Salvador. Elena explains how she came to be working at an energy efficiency firm in Berkeley, having decided that she was really interested in sustainability and […]

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Selling Obamacare to California’s Immigrant Communities

ESL Insights | July 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Selling Obamacare to California’s Immigrant Communities

Mina Kim, KQED’s health reporter for the California Report, covered this important issue for ESL communities. She poses the question: “In a state as diverse as California, what will it take to sell Obamacare to ethnic communities where English is a second language?”

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Top 10 Tech To-Dos Over The Summer

ESL Insights | June 24, 2013 | 2 Comments

Top 10 Tech To-Dos Over The Summer

“You’re so lucky you have the summer off,” is the first comment anyone who finds out I’m a teacher says. Well, I may not be in the classroom teaching, but in many ways I’m still working. Teachers are so busy on a day to day basis during the school year preparing lessons, grading assignments, attending meetings, and so on, that our To Do lists never seem to get all checked off.

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Fun Ways to Use Voicethread with ESL Students

ESL Insights | June 7, 2013 | 10 Comments

Fun Ways to Use Voicethread with ESL Students

Voicethread’s tagline is “Conversations in the cloud” and that pretty much sums it up. I love using Voicethread activities with my ESL students at City College of San Francisco and have been doing so for years now. It is a great tool to encourage to students to talk to each other, listen and think about each others’ ideas.

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A Collaborative Vision for Serving Adult Learners

ESL Insights | May 24, 2013 | 4 Comments

A Collaborative Vision for Serving Adult Learners

Photo by Tom Jung, San Mateo Adult School Round table discussion report from CATESOL Northern Regional Conference. The 2013 Northern Regional CATESOL Conference on Saturday May 4th gave us a wonderful opportunity to bring together a panel of ESL educators from community colleges and adult schools to talk about A Collaborative Vision for Serving Adult […]

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Our Learners’ Voices

ESL Insights | May 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Our Learners’ Voices

Immigrant adults come to ESL classes for a number of reasons- communicate effectively in their new homeland, become literate for the first time in their lives, do better in their jobs or get a better job, move on to higher education and career training, and help their children do better in school. While most of adult learners have multiple reasons to learn English,the motivation behind these reasons is to be better integrated in their new land.

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What is Noncredit?

ESL Insights | May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

What is Noncredit?

The pedagogy of noncredit is quite different from credit. Because students’ attendance may be intermittent, teaching requires lot of repetition and “spiraling up,” which can be described as repetition with a slight refocus or increase in difficulty each time a teaching point is covered. In ESL, repetition is not a problem – in fact it’s a benefit. Language acquisition must involve repetition, and lots of it.

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