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Flipping Bloom: What Flipped Learning Can Mean For ESL Students

ESL Insights | October 14, 2013 | 3 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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Mission Drift: Toward the Junior College Model in California

ESL Insights | 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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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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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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