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Share your uses of the videos

We know that many people now are using the videos in our series for teacher and tutor training. We invite you to share any ways you have found effective in using them, and post them here as comments. If you have developed worksheets or outlines of training sessions, we’d welcome your putting them up so that others can benefit from them. Thanks in advance to all those who contribute to this blog.

  1. Andrew Lee
    Andrew Lee04-19-2011

    I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed the videos (all eight so far). As a volunteer ESL instructor for the past eight years, I still learned a lot of tips from these that will be helpful not only to me but to fellow teachers that I share content with. I love the themed concept videos proposed, and look forward to seeing them when produced! Thanks so much for this valuable resource….

  2. Valerie
    Valerie05-02-2011

    Teaching ESL literacy is very different than teaching regular mainstream ESL. This video captures so many of the differences and models great teaching practices.

    I am part of a professional development reading circle for ESL literacy practitioners. A half dozen of us get together once a month to discuss an article related to teaching ESL literacy learners and we reflect on our practice; a few months ago, instead of doing a reading, we all watched your video on ESL literacy and used it for our reading circle. It certainly got us talking. It was great! New teachers got to see how to proceed with these learners and experienced teachers got new ideas and validation. I now use the fly swatter activity in my classroom. Thanks for making such great videos.

  3. Raichle (Rai) Farrelly
    Raichle (Rai) Farrelly06-29-2011

    Thank you so much for compiling this wonderful resourse. Patsy Vinagradov and Martha Bigelow introduced me and others to the videos at a workshop in Minnesota this Spring (Language Teacher Education Conference). The video on working with adult emergent readers is such an exceptional model of how to implement a language experience approach to develop student generated texts, but more importantly what to do with those texts after. I think many teachers are able to create the texts with their students, but they struggle with meaningful and effective ways to make use of the texts. I appreciate having this concrete model for teacher learners to see the whole-part-whole balanced approach to literacy instruction, tied to the learners’ lives.

    I recently used the video in a teacher education workshop that I conducted for L2 teachers of adult emergent readers in Logan, UT. After discussing strategies for teaching top-down and bottom-up instruction, as well as brainstorming suggestions on integrating the two – I was able to make it all the more salient through the use of this video. I love it! Thanks again and keep up the great work! -Rai

  4. Valerie
    Valerie11-28-2011

    I just watched the video on assessment. It does an excellent job of showing different ways to assess learners. Loved it and will use it in a workshop I am doing on assessment. Thanks.

  5. Carol Bellamy
    Carol Bellamy01-05-2012

    We offered the 8 videos as on-line professional development opportunities for the ESL teachers in our program this past semester (fall 2011). Teachers could sign up for the videos they wanted to view, and we sent them a set of pre-viewing, viewing, and post-viewing worksheets. The teachers have been sending back their completed worksheets to me this week along with their evaluation forms. All of them have been very pleased with the videos and feel that they learned at least one thing from each video that they will use in their classrooms.

  6. Valerie
    Valerie06-07-2012

    Later this month, a dozen teachers at Bow Valley College in Calgary are going to view the video on assessment in the adult ESL classroom for our seasonal wrap up professional reading circle. We will watch it together and then reflect and discuss it in groups. We are all working with ESL literacy learners so this will be a geat video for us. Thanks.

  7. Kelly M
    Kelly M01-26-2013

    Thank you SO much for all the time and energy you have put into creating these amazing resources and for making them available for online viewing for free. I watched them all when I first became certified to teach ESL and have returned to them since beginning a new job this week as a literacy instructor. All of the activities shown have been a huge hit with the students and definitely contributed to our reaching the learning outcomes by the end of the week.

  8. Hammad
    Hammad12-09-2015

    I agree with this 100%!! Some schools do proivde an ESL teacher. One school I observed did proivde the ELL students with an ESL class at the beginning of the day. When I observed however, the teacher messed around half of the class. It seemed like he did not have a handle on all of the rules of English either. In his class, I watched him ask each student what they had to work on; then he would look at it and say, Oh I don’t know how to do that, then move onto the next student. Even if these schools proivde the assistance needed, it isn’t always the best service they could offer. He did have several books that had concepts like placing syllable stress and rhythm. I worked with a student on the activities in a book, and they obviously worked because I could tell he had a complete understanding of syllable stress when we finished the chapter. The main problem I saw though, was that the teacher just wanted to do the bare minimum and get out of there. I don’t know if the ESL teacher was an implementor or what; or what type of degree he had. I just think the schools need to be more aware of what is going on in the ESL classroom, proivde the best possible help they can (like a bachelor degree in speech pathology or other related bachelor degrees), focus more on the success of ESL students, and make sure the time in the class is valuable

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