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Work Voices 11: Elizabeth Sarmiento, Environmental Coordinator

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

Work Voices 11: Elizabeth Sarmiento, Environmental Coordinator

Elizabeth Sarmiento is from Honduras and works as a project manager with Valley Verde, a non profit company based in San Jose. The company provides gardens and supplies to low income families, and Elizabeth and her colleagues teach the families about nutrition and growing their own food in a way that yields healthy food while having minimal impact on the environment.

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What is Noncredit?

Post-Secondary ESL | 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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Is Technology Changing Your Brain?

Post-Secondary ESL | April 23, 2013 | 5 Comments

Is Technology Changing Your Brain?

Digital technology may well be the darling of the 21st Century, but is it good for your brain? When I ask college students if the onslaught of information affects their brains, or how they learn, there is a digital divide in responses. The 20 year-olds and under grew up connected, yet will admit that focusing on one thing for any length of time is problematic.

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Restarting Your Career with Upwardly Global – Monica’s Story

Post-Secondary ESL | April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Restarting Your Career with Upwardly Global – Monica’s Story

By Mary Voelbel Monica came to the US in 2006 from Columbia with a Masters degree in Child Abuse Prevention and years of experience in public health. Originally an ESL student, she spent 5 years working minimum wage jobs until she learned about Upwardly Global and how to rebuild her career. “El que persevera alcanza” […]

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The Listening and Speaking Center at De Anza College – We Help You Lower Your “Affective Filter”!

Post-Secondary ESL | April 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Listening and Speaking Center at De Anza College – We Help You Lower Your “Affective Filter”!

If you are an ESL/EFL educator, you must remember the Affective Filter Hypothesis … right? It is one of the five hypotheses about second language acquisition proposed by Stephen Krashen. It refers to a psychological barrier that can hinder or promote progress in learning a second language. The Affective Filter can be raised or lowered as a result of the quality of the learning environment – and low anxiety facilitates success in practicing and learning a second language.

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Work Voices 10: Marjan Javanmard, Building Auditor in Energy Conservation

Post-Secondary ESL | April 3, 2013 | 3 Comments

Work Voices 10: Marjan Javanmard, Building Auditor in Energy Conservation

Download Educators’ Activities Here Transcript (English) Transcript (Spanish) Marjan Javanmard came to the US from Iran 12 years ago and now works in energy conservation for Solar City as a building auditor. She attended San Mateo Adult School for ESL classes and trained at Skyline College on the HERO Program (Home Energy Retrofit Occupations) – a […]

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What is Noncredit?

Post-Secondary ESL | 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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Languages and the Way We Think – Talking with Lera Boroditsky

Post-Secondary ESL | March 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

Languages and the Way We Think – Talking with Lera Boroditsky

Interview with Lera Boroditsky, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. She was the opening speaker at the annual statewide CATESOL conference held in Oakland in 2012. Lera claims “Learning another language is not just a matter of learning to speak differently, it is also learning […]

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What’s Happening to Adult Education?

Post-Secondary ESL | March 7, 2013 | 16 Comments

What’s Happening to Adult Education?

In his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013-2014, Governor Jerry Brown announced that California is no longer facing a budget deficit. In relation to funding education, his budget increases state funding per student in K-12 schools to $2,700 by 2016-2017. For K-12 and community colleges, funding is projected to increase by $2.7 billion next year […]

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Will the Real Generation 1.5 Please Stand Up?

Post-Secondary ESL | 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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