Monday, May 22, 2017

Things to Do at ESL Recognition Night

After all, it is still a class: the last one of the spring semester for these students.

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Historic First

ESL Tutoring distinguishes itself with its passion for providing all ESL students at Palomar with academic support. The ESL Tutoring Center has traditionally ended its operations the week prior to the finals week, however, because we have believed that by the finals week, students have been trained enough as self-regulated learners to handle the finals on their own.

This year, in a historic first, we will keep the ESL Tutoring Center open for the first two days of the finals week, i.e. Monday (5/22) and Tuesday (5/23), with business hours from 11am to 7pm.

Please help us spread the word in hopes that more of those taking a content course other than ESL will be inspired to get the most out of the available support services on campus, including at our ESL Tutoring Center. Download a flyer here.

Monday, May 8, 2017

At a Fork

2017 seems to mark the stage for focused reflection on education. We continue to see many substantial changes not only for our community college district (new president, new VPs, etc.) but also for the entire California Community College system (new chancellor, new and ongoing initiatives - CAI, OEI, AEBG, Z-Degrees, etc.).

The newly installed CCC Chancellor, Dr. Oakley, has invited all in the system to share with his office their thoughts and ideas on the future of the CCC system. You can click here to fill out his strategic vision survey by May 31st.

Everybody is inspired to more fully understand the larger questions of the changing role of colleges. A lot of education reformers have advocated a redesign of community colleges by turning our model from a self-service cafeteria style into guided pathways to success. Detailed notes for the contrast can be accessed here.

Some have even argued that training at colleges should be less about a degree than a set of skills. Sure, one can make an appointment to see an on-campus counselor who's available only weeks down the road once or twice a semester, but one will be missing out on a "publicly-funded 'learner advocate network' that students and their families would consult to help them find and evaluate learning partners and help shape their educational pathways," according to proponents of the concept of "an education Sherpa."

It would seem that ESL faculty, both credit and noncredit, will need to reflect on what direction to take at this critical juncture for their departments and how we serve students going forward. To this end, you might want to complete this survey that is being conducted by the CATESOL CC Level Assistant Chair.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

See These Fantastic Pictures from Our Regional Conference

Dr. Blake, the college's new president, gives a warm and personal welcome to start off the day.

Dr. Kinsella, our keynoter, delivers a thought-provoking address titled "You Can't Write What You Cannot Say."



(Photographs: Courtesy of Gary Sosa)

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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