Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Planning for the Future

Everyone knows that it's becoming harder to fill our lowest level classes as that student base seems to be disappearing. There are myriad contributing factors for that, but the biggest problem right now seems to be course irrelevancy and enrollment barriers. The good news is that the college appears ready to support future changes as all have seemed to realize our best hope for growth in the lowest levels may be a conversation class. The dept. has put together two late-start NESL 322 classes, one at midday and one in late afternoon/early evening. Both of these 8-week conversation skills classes are scheduled to run from 3/25 to 5/18. Interested students can get more information or even get themselves enrolled in these classes in the ESL Office in H-116, starting now. We will take almost any new student, and they don't have to be tested. Please spread the word in the community. A flyer will be forthcoming soon. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

CORs Are Streamlined

Gary Sosa and Tracy Fung have been putting their heads together to streamline the CORs of the lowest two levels of the core courses in our dept. Now with input from our PT faculty, the new CORs are completed and published. Here are the links:

NESL 301:

NESL 302:

You will notice that the computer objectives as well as many other micro-objectives in the old CORs have been removed. But all the grammatical objectives remain.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Solve a Problem

Say, you didn't remember your Palomar ID number or password (or you didn't remember your 5-digit number for your spring class), but you did want to see how healthy your class enrollment is in a hurry.  Well, ESL tutor Mike has found a "secret" way to do just that. Here are the steps:
  1. Surf over to Palomar's main page and click on "View Schedule."
  2. Click on "Spring" on the next screen.
  3. Click on "Class Search" on the next screen. 
  4. On the next screen, enter all your search info. (Notice I used non-credit ESL 304 in San Marcos as an example.) Then, click on the "Search" button. 

  5. The next screen should show all the sections for the class you have specified. Locate the class number to click next. (Notice the screenshot below only shows the first of the 4 NESL 304 sections in San Marcos.)
  6. After you click on the class number, you will see the enrollment number. (In the screenshot below, Nimoli's NESL 304 class has had 37 students enrolled as of today! What a relief!) 
  7. If you go back to click on the "Textbook Info" tab, you will be connected to a bookstore's page that lists all the details of your textbooks.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mapping ESL

In GIS, a technique for making interesting maps with data, researchers mark targeted neighborhoods with geographically referenced information. In the just finished fall semester, a group of Palomar GIS students created maps to illustrate where Palomar's new students live. The group's ESL point man was Michael Ford, who took the recognized home addresses of more than 200 credit ESL students new to the college and plotted them on a standard census blocks map to determine the density level of their distribution. As Mike's map above shows, the heaviest concentration of our new credit students is in the areas around the campus, both north and south of highway 78. It would be helpful to produce a similar map to show from which ZIP codes, neighborhoods, or even street blocks our noncredit students come from, as how an increased outreach effort might be accomplished should be an urgent priority of our department's growth planning.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New ESL Outreach Flyers

Carmelino Cruz, our new noncredit matriculation assistant, has just revamped our outreach flyers. If you need an editable Word version of either flyer, you can ask our ADA, Monica.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

New Way of Paying Sends Noncredits to Cashier's

We are no longer the surrogate cashiers for noncredit health fees, having traditionally done so for years, if not decades. To complete their course registration for the spring semester (and future terms thereafter), our noncredit students in both San Marcos and Escondido are having to pay their mandatory health fees at the Cashier's Office, much like their credit counterparts.

In San Marcos, the Cashier's Office has agreed to extend its open hours to 8:30 P.M. on Tuesday and Thursday this week (that is, 12/9 and 12/11). Extended hours are being considered in Escondido, too.