ESL instructors, Francisca P., Francisca W., Jim V., Kay J. and Stephanie T., and I met today. Jim shared news from the CASAS Institute, including various models of collaboration between adult ESL and other educational programs that focus on workforce development. We agreed to:

  1. strengthen our partnerships with ROP and Skyline College
  2. focus on “transitions” in the ESL Committed Enrollment Orientation for new students 
  3.  identify essential skills required for student success beyond ESL instruction and stress workforce training and post-secondary education in our curriculum. 

Increasing and strengthening collaboration and workforce development will continue to be an on-going commitment, and the ESL faculty is invited to participate in building the bridges to GED, Skyline College and vocational training; contact Francisca W. if interested in being on the task force to address the transition from advanced ESL to Skyline.

We discussed how to start the Fall 2010 ESL program at Serramonte Adult with continuing and new students. We decided the process will be as follows:

  • Before July 1st, each teacher gives Doreen a list of continuing students and their class assignments for the Fall Semester.  
  • Monday, August 23rd, 10:00 – 12:00. ESL staff will assist with committed enrollment orientation and CASAS testing for new students.
  • Tuesday, August 24th, in-house staff development, time TBD. New student orientation and testing at 5:30 pm; need for teacher assistance contingent on number of students who sign up.
  • Wednesday, August 25th, start of semester. Minimum (2 hour) class period. Orientation and CASAS testing only for returning students in classrooms.
  • Thursday, August 26th new and continuing students are in class together and “away we go”!

This is a good site for listening and reading about famous people. Biographies

This website has many worksheets you can downlaod that accompany the Azar book.  Have a look.  Looks like a great resource of materials.

Azar Grammar

Have a look at this site.   Lesson Writer . You can insert text and it will automatically generate vocabulary exercises which you can then print out as a pdf. It is free and easy to register.

This is a new site from Ventures Technology Resources called “Ventures Arcade“. Looks like a good site for students to get additional practice. This site is also bookmarked under ESL Lessons/All Levels.

I just found a great listening and speaking practice site for students. I have put it on our ESL Lessons page under “Listening”. It is titled “Practice Speaking  English and Watch Videos”.  It is divided by level. Speech can be slowed down.  Check it out!  To use it students will need to register. All they need is an e-mail address , username  and password.  (If your students don’t have e-mail, see me. I can give you an account in someting called Gaggle where you can set up e-mail accounts for students.)  You can navigate to the site by clicking here.

From Diana Rumney:

This past Wed. Sept. 30th a group of ESL, ASE and CTE instructors met to share how this first month of classes has gone for them, discuss common issues and challenges, share solutions and explore opportunities for integrating vocational skills into these three programs focused on workforce development. As a consequence of identifying areas where we can strengthen our academic program, two work groups were formed. The “Managed Enrollment” (to include testing/accountability, student contracts and orientation) committee is headed by Nina Woolsey with the participation of Andy Solomon, Sarah Sherwood and Jim Vogt. The “Course Outline Update” group (which includes integrating employability and staff development) is headed by Richard Baugh with the participation of Francisca Wentworth and Francisca Pillazar. Contact either of the group leaders if you would like to join one of these work groups. Both committees will report on their progress at the next faculty meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 18th at 12:30 – again you must bring your own lunch – that all instructional staff is invited to attend. Our goal is to put into place the committee’s recommendations for improving our enrollment process at Serramonte for the Spring 2010 semester. The goal for finishing the course outline updates for ESL and ASE courses is by the end of the Spring 2010 semester. I wish to thank those of you who attended for your positive energy and creativity in working together to improve our adult education program.

Also an article of interest: Cuts to basic skills classes hurt workforce

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