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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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Work Voices 15: Sara Bonomi, Marketing Trainee at Type A Machines

Work Voices | July 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

Work Voices 15: Sara Bonomi, Marketing Trainee at Type A Machines

Sara Bonomi is from Italy and has been living in San Francisco for a few months, having learned English by living abroad. She is a trainee in marketing at Type A Machines, a start up company in San Francisco that designs and makes 3D printers. Her job involves communicating and reaching out to potential customers and finding new external markets to sell printers. Customers include architects, industrial designers and engineers etc.

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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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Work Voices 14: Liu Cai, Energy Information Specialist

Work Voices | July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Work Voices 14: Liu Cai, Energy Information Specialist

Liu Cai is from China and is a native Cantonese speaker. He works in San Francisco for the Department of the Environment as part of an outreach team, Environment Now, that goes out into the community to provide information and promote sustainable waste policies, such as how to compost and recycle, use free pick up services and how to dispose of hazardous waste to improve the quality of the environment for all residents.

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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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Work Voices 13: Eve Olimpo, Sustainable Interior Designer

Work Voices | June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Work Voices 13: Eve Olimpo, Sustainable Interior Designer

Eve Olimpo is a native French speaker from Montreal, Canada and has lived in the US for 12 years. She is an interior designer working in a store, Inhabiture in Palo Alto, which is a retail outlet for an architectural company which specializes in sustainable design and construction – “ we create beautiful and healthy residential and commercial spaces.” Eve works with clients to explain options in terms of green design and advises them on sustainable furniture and furnishing, products that are selected for natural eco-friendly qualities.

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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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