Opportunity for Immigrants Through ESL

Six more videos available soon!

The project team on the series of training videos, “Teaching ESL to Adults: Classroom Approaches in Action,” has been hard at work over the past year to film, edit, and produce six additional videos to complete the set of eight. In mid-March 2011, the full set of eight will be available for purchase on three DVDs. Each video is about 30 minutes, and will also be viewable online. The contents of the three volumes are:

Volume 1

Lesson Planning for Life Skills: Betsy Lindeman Wong of Alexandria, Virginia, guides beginning level learners through highly structured to open-ended activities showing the progression of a life-skills lesson in talking on the telephone.

Building Literacy with Adult Emergent Readers: Andrea Echelberger of Saint Paul, Minnesota, works with a Whole-Part-Whole approach to teaching literacy, using a learner-generated story of a shared experience and demonstrating activities to develop beginning literacy skills.

Volume 2

Growing Vocabulary with Beginning Learners: Karli Boothe of Arlington, Virginia, demonstrates a contextualized approach to introducing and reinforcing vocabulary within a lesson. She uses a variety of vocabulary development strategies and activities to promote learners’ interaction and active engagement as they master words and concepts.

Working with a Multi-level Class: Susan Watson of Prince William County, Virginia, offers techniques to deal with differing levels of language ability within one class, including use of grouping strategies, differentiated materials, and a small group project.

Developing Listening Skills with High-intermediate Learners: Jessica Jones of Saint Paul, Minnesota, leads her class through a lesson on the theme of cross-cultural experiences, including pre-listening activities, tasks learners complete while listening, and follow-up activities.

Volume 3

Teaching Grammar in Real-life Contexts: Suzanne McCurdy of Saint Paul, Minnesota, uses a contextualized approach to presenting and practicing grammar with her intermediate level learners, allowing them to recognize and use the simple past and present perfect tenses in the contexts of life histories and personal experiences.

Cultivating Writing Skills at the Intermediate Level: Sheryl Sherwin of Washington, D.C., guides learners through a series of activities that prepare them to complete a writing assignment. She utilizes a pre-writing survey assignment, group discussion, graphic organizers, and target text models to help learners take command of the process of writing.

Developing Reading Skills for Intermediate/Advanced Learners: George Schooley of Saint Paul, Minnesota, takes learners from pre-reading through follow-up tasks using a text about birth-order theory. He demonstrates how to make reading lessons highly interactive by connecting content to learners’ lives, using graphic organizers, and having both group and individual tasks.

  1. Dani Kubiak03-08-2011

    This information is great for ESL! Just wondering….do you have anything for our population of adult basic education students? Am interested in that as well. thx d

  2. Betsy Parrish03-13-2011

    Hello Dani,

    If your state is anything like Minnesota where I’m from, nearly half of the ABE students in programs do not have English as their first language. While the focus is certainly on ESL instruction in the series, I think many of the techniques demonstrated can be applied to teaching content to ABE students, for example, the advanced reading lesson shows how to use a jigsaw approach with non-fiction pieces. The listening lesson demonstrates techniques for activating prior knowledge through pre-listening tasks that could be applied before a short lecture in an ABE class. Ideas for addressing the needs of a multi-level class could be used to differentiate instruction to meet the varying needs in any class. I hope viewing the series from this perspective will give you some useful ideas.

    Let us know what you think!

    Betsy Parrish

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