Sunday, December 25, 2016

Guatemala, Land of Forever Spring: a Student-Produced Video for ESL Recognition Night

One of my students from Guatemala put together this video, which was shown at our ESL Recognition Night event ten days ago.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Collaborators from Different Departments Made the Season Merry - as Evidenced by These Emails

From: Daily, Thomas G.
Sent: Friday, December 16, 2016 12:25 PM
To: Weller, Ellen;
Kurokawa, Paul; Byrne, Madelyn; Russell, John K.
Cc: Hussain, Syed K.
; Mead, Patriceann; Smiley, Justin ; Loya, Kimberly;; Henry Alfredo Gaspar Montejo; Chen, Lee
Subject: ESL Recognition Event

On Thursday, December 16 the Performing Arts Department supported the English as a Second Language Recognition event held at the Student Union. One of the ESL Students, Henry Alfredy Gaspar, is from Guatemala. While a student he Guatemala he learned to play the marimba and flute. For the last several weeks Henry has been practicing on our marimba, and last night he performed for an audience of approximately 250 people. Henry performed El Rey Quiche, which is a traditional Guatemalan marimba and flute piece.
It was a great performance, and an exciting evening.

Thank you

Thomas G. Daily
Instructional Support Assistant – Music
Performing Arts Department
Palomar College
1140 W. Mission Rd
San Marcos, CA 92069
    760-744-1150 ext 2327

On Dec 16, 2016, at 1:59 PM, Chen, Lee wrote:

A huge thank you to Tom, Ellen, Kimberly, and the Music Dept. for your selfless support! Henry’s performance would not have been possible without it!

Have a wonderful holiday season!


Dear Lee,

Thank you for reaching out to us. It makes me feel great to hear that we are all on the same page with regards to student success. Please encourage Henry to come see me if he would like to be involved in other music classes at the college.

Ellen Weller, Ph.D.
Professor of Music
Director, Palomar Symphony Orchestra
Performing Arts Department
Palomar College
1150 W. Mission Rd.
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 544-1140 Ext. 3949

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Bumpy Road Ahead

Many think the president-elect will deport undocumented students as he threatened during the campaign. For concerned educators, advocates, and immigrants, this upcoming conference at SDSU might prove useful.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Writing in a Formal Register

Writing papers might sound like a straightforward task for higher-level students, but this productive activity is actually quite demanding due to the gap between many ESL students' default conversational register and the formal academic register expected of writers. The lack of precise vocabulary is one of the factors contributing to many students writing the way they talk. The ELF workshop this Friday can help to transform a typical student writer into one who is aware of using academic register.