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.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Presentation Workshop

If  fear of public speech and lack of skills are some barriers for your students, then this Friday's ELF workshop is for them.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Bilingual Workshops in the ESL Labs

Bilingual tutors will host the ELF workshops in the two ESL labs this Friday. As an experienced ESL tutor, Diego will give an overview of the differences between English and Spanish for workshop attendees. Cheyne, who taught in China for three years, will guide his group of attendees through a well-thought-out outline to help them be aware of the most common errors made in English by Chinese speakers. There will be time for questions from the audience in both workshops. Please encourage your Chinese-speaking and Spanish-speaking students to join us on Friday, March 10.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

For the Aspiring Student Writer

Students are going to get some tips from a veteran tutor who will review how to write a proper thesis or topic sentence at our next ELF workshop on Friday, 3/3, in H-118, from 11am to 1pm. Students from level 4 on up will also learn how to use the points and support to write proper essays and/or paragraphs. This workshop will certainly be good for expressing ideas, supporting them properly, and learning parallel structure.

Click here to download the workshop flyer that you can share widely.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Free Conference Registration? Tell Me More

Among things I am loving right now is the free registration to attend and support the upcoming San Diego Regional CATESOL Conference to be held on campus on Sat. April 22. Gary has just sent a dept.-wide email announcing that thanks to funding support from AEBG, the dept. is able to send 30 part-time faculty members to attend the conference by covering their registration fees. You need to reply to him ASAP, however, because the free slots are determined on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you miss the boat, or if you simply wish to be able to brag about how you have won one of the three CATESOL Education Foundation's stipends to attend and support our regional conference, you can apply for it here. Applicants can also go to their website: The due date is Sat. March 4.

Don't forget the deadline to submit a presentation proposal has been extended to Friday, February 24. It is not too late to take your participation to a higher level by becoming a breakout session presenter. You can access the online proposal form here. This is a great opportunity to help support your chosen career.