Last week, students across the country discussed the effectiveness of longer prison sentences in our #DoNow3Strikes post. We asked students Do lengthy prison sentences help deter crime? Should voters or legislators be part of determining prison sentences?
Download Educators’ Activities Here Transcript (English) Transcript (Spanish) Siripat Nengchamnong is from Thailand and came to the US in 2005. She studied English at San Jose State University and took a Hospitality Management course at Mission College to prepare her for opening her own restaurant, the White Elephant in Santa Clara. Siripat describes how she […]
Teaching about elections is never easy. The whole drama of conventions, ballots and propositions can seem far removed from the everyday issues in students’ lives. It becomes a civics lesson – students reviewing the 2012 candidates, issues and campaign strategies with little sense that this process can involve them. But listen to the KQED News […]
Download Educators’ Activities Here This is the seventh interview in our Work Voices series for ESL educators. Henri Gonnet is from France and came to this country 25 years ago. He now works in the green tech field at Solar City, having been fascinated by the world of electricity, and in particular the growing world […]
Download Educators’ Activities Here Transcript (English) Transcript (Spanish) Rita Cai is from China and describes how she learned English at Milpitas Adult School, and then went on to train as a medical assistant, eventually finding work as a dental assistant. She explains that she made this choice because she could not find work as a […]
It’s called the Latino Paradox – immigrants arriving in the United States tend to be healthier than the average American, but as they remain in the country, their health declines. In the documentary Unnatural Causes, the narrator introduces this clip, Arriving Healthy:
By Kelly Robart and Karine Manoukian, ESL Instructors from San Jose State University When our students heard they would be posting blog entries to a local media organization (KQED), they were very excited. Most had some experience with blogs – either reading or writing, but none had ever written for an English language blog – […]
In today’s world, we are immersed in technology. Students are wired at all times, convinced they can multitask – text, email, follow a lecture, listen to music and answer a call, all at the same time. Researchers and professors at MIT say they cannot multitask successfully, that it is not possible to absorb and learn […]