Several of us attended the CCAE/COABE conference in San Francisco.   Please share at least three things that you learned and any websites you may have written down.  Was there something that you learned that you think you will use with your students?   You can click on comments above this post.   If this is your first post,  it will appear after I have approved it. (FYI-This WordPress account is free so unfortunately, they have started including ads-please ignore).

The theme of the conference was mostly focused on two areas: 

  1. Transitioning ESL students to the workforce and/or post-secondary education
  2.  Online/distance learning for adult education.

I attended a couple of sessions on transitioning ESL students/21st Century skills and writing strategies.   I previously thought that this was mostly applicable to the higher levels, but learned that  we really need to begin introducing this at the lower levels and align our program towards that goal.  There were some good ideas on teaching writing at all levels.

I also attended a workshop  about professional development for teachers that want to learn to teach online.  Programs across the country are looking at online learning as a way to serve more students in adult ed.  In order to implement something like this,  schools are realizing that teachers need training before implementing online learning on a larger scale.

The other two workshops I attended were technology related.  One was on how to teach technology skills to pre-literate students. There were some good resources and interesting ideas.  The other workshop was about various resources in technology presented by LINCS-Literacy Information and Communication Systems.  One of the sites he showed us was  It is a site where you can save your bookmarks.  Because it is online,  you are able to access your bookmarks anywhere.  I have used this before and it find it to be useful.

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Here is a video with Edward James Olmos and his mesage about adult education.   Watch

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.