Sunday, April 23, 2017

Offering Every Variety of English Sentences

You are not alone if you dislike seeing choppy sentences from students. But according to Dr. Kinsella, who delivered a great keynote address at our regional conference on campus yesterday, ESL professionals must offer language guidance for their academically-bound students to utilize academic register, which certainly calls for sentence variety with the help of such means as transitional expressions. With that in mind, ESL Tutoring Center has designed a 2-hour workshop during which students will eventually create sentences of varying lengths. Every credit student can take part in the event, which will take place in H-118 this coming Friday, 4/28, from 11am to 1pm. Organizers hope that the workshop will inspire appreciation of the various ways to make sentences not only longer and but more interesting. It will make one a more engaging writer.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Save the Date: English Learners' Friday Skillshop on English Articles

The ESL Tutoring Center will provide a free ELF skillshop to review the use of English articles with ESL students. Registration at room H-118 is preferred, but students can just show up on the day of the event. Questions: (760) 744-1150 ext. 4482 or 2831.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Use of Commas

"You're just such a comma-happy student," I like to say that as a student shows me her paragraph full of comma splices. On the other hand, lack of commas produces run-ons, and there is often a lack of clarity when misplaced commas are applied.

Commas form an important part of standard written English. A case in point: A recent New York Times article was headlined: "Lack of Oxford Comma Could Cost Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute."

ESL Tutor Christl Dorsey, whose work has covered both individual appointments and classroom settings, will give a workshop this Friday, which will see attendees leave with a better understanding of the comma.

Check out the announcement on the events calendar:

Download the flyer here.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Multi-Event Friday This Week

Our dept. is busy this Friday, April 7th.
  • A monthly department meeting will be held in H-212, 9:30-11:30am. All ESL faculty and staff are welcome.
  • A CATESOL Regional Conference Organizing Committee meeting will follow in the same room to approve our program handbook, among other things.
  • An ELF Skillshop for all levels of students hosted by the ESL Tutoring Center will be held in H-118, 11:00-1:00pm. The interactive workshop will focus on common idioms in English. Participants will leave the workshop with a clear understanding of what it means to say, "College students are hitting the books and burning the midnight oil," for example.
  • A training PD event for staff and faculty hosted by NCHEA will be held in MD-157, 1:00-3:00pm. Many members of our dept. will participate in this workshop replete with resources to support immigrant students, regardless of their status.
  • A once-a-semester Tarde de Familia event for everybody hosted by ALASS will be held in the Student Union, 6:00-8:00pm. Our department will have a table at the free event. All presentations will be given in Spanish at this event, though.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

College Degree Required, So Stay in School

Recently, CareerBuilder, a "global, end-to-end human capital solutions company," ran a nationwide survey and confirmed a trend shifting from a high school diploma required for entry-level clerical work to a bachelor's degree. A news report about this development is here. As teachers, what can we take away from this? I think there is this need for our students to stay in school and go as far as they can in education in order to have a better life in the future.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tutor-Led English Learners' Friday Workshop on Perfect Tenses

Often adult ESL students mix up verb tenses when they use "since" to express the idea of "from past to now." Luckily, they will find themselves reviewing and practicing the present perfect tense this Friday with a veteran tutor, who will also share his knowledge about a couple other perfect tenses foreign to many students. Credit students are strongly encouraged to attend. Seats can be reserved in H-118 in person prior to the event.