Sunday, July 24, 2016

Local School Tours to Showcase Innovative Classroom Designs

An upcoming event organized by NCPDF (North County Professional Development Federation) is open to anyone who is interested in participating in it.

What: A visit to three area high schools

When: The afternoon of 8/4, Thursday

Where: Design39Campus; San Marcos High School; High Tech High North County

Why: To see examples of innovative, learner-centered classroom design as we consider how space impacts student learning

How much: Free

How to RSVP: Use the link at the bottom of this flyer.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Get Projector Sound with This Cheat Sheet

Losing projector sound is a very common occurence, frustrating ESL classroom instructors at times. Now Gary Sosa has just sent coordinators an IS cheat sheet for fixing your no-sound-from-the-ceiling-projector classroom problem. The handy tips come with a few right and left clicks.
  1. Bottom right-hand corner of the monitor in the task tray, there is a speaker icon
  2. RIGHT click the speaker icon
  3. LEFT click on "Playback devices"
  4. A window should pop up that is titled "Sound"
  5. Make sure you're in the "Playback" tab
  6. RIGHT click on "Extron"
  7. LEFT click on "Set as default
To print the cheat sheet, click here.

Also, if you teach an evening class in San Marcos, there is an evening tech from 5:30 to 9:30 Monday through Thursday. If you call the Helpdesk extension at 2140 and listen to the prompts, there will be one for evening tech.

Sunday, July 10, 2016


I want to be among the first to extend a warm welcome to our newest full time faculty member, Heather Hosaka. If you read the just-published 2016-7-12 draft agenda for the college's governing board, you will see on page 6 that they will ratify Heather's employment as an assistant professor in ESL. Already an accomplished part time faculty member at Palomar and elsewhere for years, Heather is a tremendous asset to our dept. On her part, she has expressed that she is looking forward to working more closely with the rest of us.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

ESL's New Chief

As Nimoli Madan's 3-year chairperson tenure came to a close on June 30th, Gary Sosa has taken over as the new leader of our dept. At this transition time, we all feel very thankful for the exemplary service to the dept. offered by Nimoli, who in turn wrote in an email to the new chair: "We are very lucky to have you as our leader. I know you will do a great job and be well supported by our wonderful faculty colleagues and staff."

At a goofy "ceremony" in May (photo credit: Marty Furch)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Laughing to Meet the World

The world of like-minded ESL professionals, that is. Sharing one's reflections on language, teaching, or even life in general with a large community can be intimidating. However, everyone should take note: A blog just built by Katrina Tamura can provide a space for you to approach self-reflections in a lighthearted way. Titled "I Laugh to Learn," Katrina's online venue already features two thoughtful entries, each seemingly triggered by a funny story or video. To check them out, and to start a topical discussion, please click at this URL:

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Hello EEE Users!

"Word lists for conversational English" is how our former colleague Angela Webster described Easy Everyday English, a relatively new website that she is a volunteer marketing specialist for, at one of her retirement parties last Friday. EEE, for short, the evolving website does look like a good fit for our summer classes with their focus on listening and speaking skills. It is easy to navigate. The word lists are both organized well and explained simply. Many of the words come with clickable pronunciation or graphic help.  You may want to check it out here: