Sunday, July 19, 2015

Listen and Read Along, and Beyond

In this day and age, when the Internet is everything, we can easily find some free audio stories to enjoy online. The latest example is the Harper Lee's just-released second novel Go Set a Watchman. UK's The Guardian did a wonderful job of capturing the first chapter in sight and sound for us. Click here to see for yourself.

The easy access to such resources can have important implications when a larger, holistic perspective is adopted by teachers. We don't have to limit our content to just our artificial textbooks any longer. In addition, with the readily available authentic materials online, we can design and/or assign course work that engages multiple modalities simultaneously. Besides "listen and read along," we can focus on the shadowing technique for our students to build pronunciation success. We can address students' critical thinking challenges and their reading comprehension as well as their vocabulary and grammatical development. Talk about technology that unlocks potential!

Here are links to a few websites that offer a "listen and read along" feature ideal for ESL instruction from the intermediate level on up.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New Flyers to Recuit Students for the Fall

For a PDF copy, click here.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Job Skills Needed in 15 Years

Many necessary skills identified for 15 years from now are the same soft skills we need today for success at school and in the world of work. Here is an example list identified by the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The PR Materials for the Fall

Fall registration has started, so we need to mobilize people to come out and enroll. Here are a few handouts for mass distribution. The PDF links are below each image.
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Click here for a PDF file.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Get an Early Start on This Contest

The CATESOL Community College Student Award is presented annually to a student writer who turns in a winning essay that follows a question prompt. This year, the statewide CATESOL Conference, where the award is given, will be at the Hilton in Anaheim in November.  Early submissions are not a problem. Read the details of the contest here.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Nonacademic Skills Are Important in Life, but That Doesn't Mean We Ever Label Them Right

An interesting NPR article that came out yesterday has been generating many interesting comments, too. Here's the link to "Nonacademic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?"