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“Everybody, Please Take Out Your Cell Phones”

ESL Insights | December 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Everybody, Please Take Out Your Cell Phones”

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.

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Putting the wrong emPHAsis on the wrong syILAble

ESL Insights | 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

ESL Insights | November 21, 2013 | 1 Comment

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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What Is The Primary Purpose Of California Public Adult Schools?

ESL Insights | 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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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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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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What’s Happening to Adult Education?

ESL Insights | 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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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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