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Tag: Work Voices

Career Opportunities in Community Health

ESL Insights | November 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Career Opportunities in Community Health

There are expanding job opportunities for ESL students as Community Health Workers (CHWs) mainly in public health and community based organizations. It is a growing field requiring a whole range of skills that are developed during the certification program, which at City College of San Francisco includes a semester-long internship in a local organization or clinic.

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

ESL Insights | 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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Strategies for finding a job in the sustainability sector – how did Elena Olmedo work it out?

Post-Secondary ESL | December 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Strategies for finding a job in the sustainability sector – how did Elena Olmedo work it out?

Michael Pollan has written “The word “sustainability” has gotten such a workout lately that the whole concept is in danger of floating away on a sea of inoffensiveness. Everybody, it seems, is for it whatever it means.” So what does sustainability mean to you – do you think of solar panels or wind power? Buying […]

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Work Voices 9: Siripat Nengchamnong, Restaurant Owner

Work Voices | November 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Work Voices 9: Siripat Nengchamnong, Restaurant Owner

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 […]

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Work Voices 3 – Rita Cai, Dental Assistant

Post-Secondary ESL | May 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Work Voices 3 – Rita Cai, Dental Assistant

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 […]

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Work Voices 1 – Elia Ruano, Radiologist

Post-Secondary ESL | March 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Work Voices 1 – Elia Ruano, Radiologist

Download Educators’ Activities Here Transcript (English) Transcript (Spanish) Elia Ruano describes her journey to becoming a radiologist.  She explains the English requirements and also the how the Radiology Certificate program at Canada prepared her to practice in the field.  The only education prerequisite for admission to a program is usually a high school diploma or […]

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