Sunday, October 23, 2016

Workshop on the Progressive Aspect

After a careful evaluation of past workshop offerings, the ESL Tutoring staff made a decision to run a two-part grammar workshop for higher-level students this fall. Last Friday's workshop on the simple and perfect tenses saw a healthy turnout of 18 students. We hope there is a bigger turnout for this Friday's workshop on all the verb tenses that contain a progressive aspect:
      present progressive
      past progressive
      future progressive
      present perfect progressive
      past perfect progressive
      future perfect progressive

The event announcement is online at Share it with your students, especially if you teach a credit class.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Get Assistance Through 211

"Utilities and Housing Assistance," "Food Assistance," "Health & Wellness Services," "Military & Veteran Services," and "Disaster Support." These are what one can expect to get when dialing 211 for non-emergency resources. With many of our students struggling financially at home, it may be a good idea to make sure that everyone knows this hotline number. If you are curious, you can explore more at A bilingual flyer is here.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Tutor Appreciation

The display looks lovely near the door as students move about the tutoring center. The tutors receive and respond to student questions, give hints, show correct next steps, and explain why something is correct or incorrect using effective tutoring techniques, a wonderful scene in the room where you can watch the tutees just thrive. Tucked at the end of the second floor of the H building is our ESL Tutoring Center, an important hub of support for Palomar ESL students working towards their goals. This week is the annual International Tutor Appreciation Week, and it is very important for us to declare that we will never forget all of the supportive work that the tutors do on behalf of our ESL students. Today, plus all the subsequent days of the week, visitors entering the ESL Tutoring Center are strongly encouraged to jot down a few words of appreciation and tape their notes onto that big blue poster.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Freewriting for a Solid Draft

Many students have writer's block as they begin a writing assignment. Since writer's block means they are not writing, one of the fastest ways to conquer the problem is to just begin writing anything at all. This is the so-called freewriting technique. They can write whatever they are thinking, feeling, wondering about, or just trying to get off their chests in reaction to a writing prompt. The only rule here is that they must not stop to check spelling, grammar, punctuation, or other parts of the writing. Often, a time limit is set, and people just keep on writing until the timer goes off. Your students can practice this method at our third ELF workshop in H-118 this coming Friday, 9/30, noon-1:30pm.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Deadline Extended for Essay Contest

Want to incentivize your students? CATESOL can help. Organizers of the upcoming CATESOL 2016 State Conference have just extended the deadline for the Community College Level Student Essay Contest to October 7th. Your students can choose one of the two writing prompts and enter their essays by email attachment in the format of PDF. Discover what the announcement says here.