ESOL TEACHER TRAINING

Creating A Successful Learning Environment

 

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                        “Diversity permeates the ESOL classroom in every aspect of

                        the ESOL environment.”

 

                                                                        ESOL Curriculum Resource Book

 

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                                                                        PETER            

As soon as I came here I tried to find job.  Engineer for

electronics.  But with my language was poor and broken. 

Compared to broken key.  Broken language.  Not open any

doors that you want.

 

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                                                            VOICEOVER NARRATOR

Connections.  Communication.  Competencies.  Confidence.  Those are the primary concepts behind good ESOL instruction.  This video focuses on those concepts and shows us how we as supervisors and ESL instructors can put these concepts into practice:

 

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                        VOICEOVER NARRATOR

We’ll learn how other ESL teachers create a positive classroom environment in which all students can learn and all students can succeed.   Integrate listening and speaking skills into classroom activities.  Teach students at different levels of knowledge and ability.  Teach job related skills needed for the workplace.  And

instill in students the confidence to communicate effectively

and to function successfully in an English speaking culture.

 

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MUSIC ENDS as WE TX to LJUBICA HROMIS on SCREEN.

 

 

                                                                        HROMIS        

                                    You become friends with all your ESL teachers. 

They are like your family.  You don’t have anybody and they

are ready to help, explain your way of life here.  They teach

you really everything you have to know.

 

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COHN (VO)

7365518  WE’RE A CONNECTION.  AND IT’S SO

IMPORTANT--EVEN IF YOU HAVE ONE ESL STUDENT--

THAT YOU ARE THE CONNECTION TO THE REAL

WORLD.  TO MAKE IT A PLEASANT PLACE, A GOOD

PLACE.

 

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DUKES

2301603  WE ASK THEM TO LET US KNOW WHAT

THEY WANT TO ACCOMPLISH AT THE BEGINNING OF

THE YEAR.  A LOT OF THEM ARE TRYING TO GET A JOB.

SOME OF THEM ARE WANTING TO HELP THEIR

CHILDREN IN SCHOOL.  SOME WANT THEIR CITIZENSHIP.  SO THEY LET US KNOW WHAT THEY

WANT TO ACCOMPLISH AND THEN WE WORK TOWARDS TRYING TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE THOSE GOALS.

 

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SUTTON

16580206  I HAVE A GREAT GROUP.  ARE ALL FRIENDS. 

AND HAVE FRIENDS AMONGST THEMSELVES.  THEY

ENJOY LEARNING ENGLISH.  BUT ALSO THE

FRIENDSHIPS.  AND THEY ENJOY MTG PEOPLE FR

AROUND THE WORLD.  JUST AS I AM WITH THIS JOB.  I

ENJOY HAVING…HEARING ABOUT THE REST OF THE

WORLD.  MTG PEOPLE FR AROUND THE WORLD.

 

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DUKES

2233322  AT THE BEGINNING WE INTRODUCE

OURSELVES TO EACH OTHER.  AND THEY ALL

REALIZE THAT THEY’RE HERE TO LEARN ENGLISH. 

SO THAT EQUALIZES THEM SOMEWHAT.  I TRY TO

MAKE THEM FEEL COMFORTABLE, FEEL SUCCESS

RIGHT FR BEGINNING. SO START OUT W/ SIMPLE, HI,

HOW ARE YOU?  MY NAME IS…I AM FROM.  WE

PRACTICE THAT CONVERSATION BECOZ THAT’S WHAT

THEY’RE GOING TO SAY TO PRACTICALLY EVERYBODY.  AND I THINK OF THE QUESTIONS THEY ARE FREQUENTLY ASKED:  WHERE ARE YOU FROM?  WHAT DO YOU DO?  AND I HELP THEM LEARN TO ANSWER BASIC QUESTIONS LIKE THAT.  HELP THEM SAY THEIR PHONE NUMBER, CAREFULLY AND ACCURATELY.  AND THEY SEEM TO APPRECIATE SOME OF THIS BASIC SKILLS THAT THEY NEED TO GET BY IN THE BEGINNING.

 

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COHN

17354527  I HAVE A NIGHT CLASS ALSO.  AND A STUDENT STOOD UP, SHE’S A NANNY HERE, AND SHE SAYS MY BIRTHDAY’S NEXT WEEK AND I HAVE NO FRIENDS HERE, SO WOULD YOU COME TO MY HOUSE FOR A BDAY PARTY.  SO, LAST NIGHT WE ALL WENT TO HER HOME AND HAD A PARTY.  AND LAST NIGHT WAS CALLED AN ANGEL.  COZ STUDENTS THINK I WALK ON WATER COZ HELP ABOVE AND BEYOND.  SO THE FEEDBACK IS PRETTY AWESOME.

 

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“Good ESOL teachers must reach across cultures and connect with the individual ESOL students and be sensitive to their lives.”

 

                                                ESOL Curriculum Resource Book

 

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SON

Very hard for me.  Thought, what am I doing here? 

In this class?  But I think after about one year, things

get better.  But it took many years to be comfortable

with English.

 

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COHN

17312310  I THINK WHEN SOMEONE MEETS AN

INTRNTL STUDENT WHO DOESN’T SPEAK THE LANG

WELL, THEIR PERCEPTION IS THEY’RE IGNORANT.  AND

OR STUPID.  A MAJORITY OF OUR STUDENTS EDUCATED

IN THEIR OWN COUTNRY, HIGHLY INTELLIGENT. 

 

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                                                                        COHN (VO)

THE ISSUE IS LANGUAGE.  AND SO THE EMPHASIS

THAT A GED TEACHER NEEDS TO THINK ABOUT AND

IT’S A LITTLE SHIFT IS MORE ON LANGUAGE AND

COMPREHENSION AND WHAT DOES THIS WORD MEAN

IN THIS SITUATION, AND WHAT DO IT MEAN IN THIS

SITUATION.  PRONUNCIATION.  LIVE AND LIVE.  ALL

KINDS OF THINGS LIKE THAT. 

 

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                                    COHN

17515516 DEFINITELY YOU DO NOT NEED TO KNOW

ANOTHER LANGUAGE.  AND THAT’S ANOTHER

IMPORTANT POINT FOR SUPERS AND TEACHERS.  OUR

BASIC CRITERIA IS TO SPEAK ENGLISH SO THAT THEY

LISTEN IN ENGLISH AND UNDERSTAND IN ENGLISH.  IF

YOU ALWAYS HAVE SOMEONE TRANSLATING, THEY’RE

NOT GOING TO LISTEN TO THE ENGLISH.  THEY’RE

GOING TO WAIT FOR THE TRANSLATION.  AND THEY’LL

NEVER LEARN ANYTHING.  YOU MUST DO ENGLISH,

ENGLISH, ENGLISH.  AND IF IT’S COOPERATIVE

ACTIVITIES AND THEY CAN WORK TOGETHER IN

THEIR OWN LANGUAGE TO DO SOME SUPPLEMENTAL

FOLLOWUP, THAT’S OK.  BUT THE TEACHER NEEDS

TO SPEAK IN GOOD ENGLISH. 


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DUKES (VO)

2310908  I THINK EVERY TIME I PLAN AN ACTIVITY,

I TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE AN

OPPORTUNITY TO READ, TO SPEAK AND TO LISTEN. 

AND SO EACH ACTIVITY WOULD HAVE SOME OF THAT

BUILT INTO IT. 

 

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                                    DUKES

ONE ACTIVITY THIS MORNING, WE WERE TALKING

ABOUT FAMILY MEMBERS.  WE HAD STUDIED THE

VOCAB OF GRANDMOTHER, GRANDFATHER, SISTER IN

LAW….SO I HAD CARDS, AND I GAVE ONE TABLE THE

NAME OF THE FAMILY, THE OTHER TABLE HAD THE

DEFINITION OF THAT PERSON.  THEY HAD TO FIND

THE PERSON WHO EITHER HAD THEIR WORD OR

DEFINITION.  // SO THEY WERE READING, SPEAKING,

LISTENING, INTERACTING W/ONE ANOTHER AND

FIGURING THINGS OUT TOGETHER.  THAT KINDOF

ACTIVITY IS ALWAYS I THINK SUCCESSFUL.

 

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                                                                        COHN

17 331501  I WORK WITH ADVANCED ESL.  AND

NUMBER ONE REQUEST EVERY YR IS GRAMMAR,

GRAMMAR, GRAMMAR.  // UNDERLYING ISSUE IS

CONVERSATION.  I WANT TO SPEAK GRAMMATICALLY

 CORRECT.  I DON’T’ WANT PEOPLE TO THINK I’M

IGNORANT BECOZ DON’T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE

VERY WELL.  THAT’S MORE OF WHAT THEY’RE

SAYING BUT UNSAID.

 

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                                                                        COHN

 LOVE TO WORK ON PRONUNCIATION.  AND I HAVE

ONE BOOK THAT WORKS ON SOUNDS.  AND IT’S AN

ELEMENTARY BOOK BUT APPROPRIATE FOR ADULTS.

YOU THINK, ADVANCED?  THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO

SPEAK IT, RIGHT?  NO NO NO.  READ IT.  AND MAYBE

THEY CAN WRITE IT.  SPEAK IT IS LAST SKILL THAT

THEY LEARN.  SO ALWAYS DO PRONUNCIATION

EXERCISE. 

 

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                                                                        COHN

17410123  I SAY WOULD TEACH THE GROUP

CONVERSATION, SOME PRACTICAL CONVERSATION

ON THE STREET, IN THE SCHOOLS, AT THE DOCTORS, IN

AN EMERGENCY.  THAT EVERYONE NEEDS, NO MATTER

HOW MUCH YOU CAN READ OR WRITE.  BUT THEN

DIVIDE INTO GROUPS, MAYBE A LISTENING ACTIVITY.

IF DON’T HAVE VOLUNTEER, MAYBE A TAPE RECORDER

SO THERE’S SOME READING, COMPREHENSION, VOCAB. 

OR WORKING W/PRONUNCIATION. 

 

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                                                                        DUKES (VO)

AT THE BEGINNINGO F THE SCHOOL YEAR,

ASKED MY STUDENTS TO PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF

THEY WERE GOING TO BE ABSENT.  SO WE PRACTICED

LEAVING THAT MESSAGE ON MY TELEPHONE.  AND

THEY ALL HAD A CHANCE TO DO IT.  WE CAME UP A

SCRIPT OURSELVES.  WROTE IT ON BOARD AND WERE

ABLE TO REFER TO IT IF THEY NEEDED IT.  SOME OF

THEM FOLLOWED IT TO A T.  OTHERS IMPROVISED.

 

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DUKES

2372502  THE FIRST THING IS DO NOT ASSUME

THEY UNDERSTAND WHEN THEY SMILE AND SHAKE

THEIR HEADS.  COZ THEY DON’T ALWAYS

UNDERSTAND.  THEY WANT TO PLEASE YOU.  I THINK I

WAS HALF WAY INTO THE YEAR BEFORE I FIGURED

THAT OUT.  OH MY GOODNESS THEY DON’T

UNDERSTAND SOME REALLY BASIC THINGS.  //

 

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DUKES (2)

2422004  SO MANY OF THE BOOKS TELL THEM TO

CIRCLE, TO UNDERLINE, TO FILL IN THE BLANKS. 

YOU CANNOT ASSUME THEY KNOW HOW TO DO THAT. 

SO YOU HAVE TO MAKE THEM AGAIN COMFORTABLE

WITH DOING WHAT YOU’RE ASKING THEM TO DO.

2372502 //SO I’M ALWAYS ASKING FOR FEEDBACK.  WRITTEN OR SPOKEN FEEDBACK SO I GET A CLEAR

IDEA THAT THEY UNDERSTAND. 

 

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COHN

17474615  OTHER REALLY IMPORTANT THING IS

VOCAB.  YOU CAN SAY A WORD ONCE.  AND THE AVG

AMERICAN SUTDENT HAS TO HAVE REPETITION

TWELVE TIMES.  ESL STUDENTS HAS TO BE A LOT

MORE.  SO SAY IT MANY DIFF TIMES, IN MANY DIFF

CONTEXTS.  THE ISSUE LANGUAGE, VOCAB, AND

LEARNING THE WORDS AND HOW TO USE THEM

WHETHER I’M SPEAKING OR WRITING OR READING. 

IT’S A BIG MUST FOR SUPERVISORS AND TEACHERS.

 

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                                                                        COHN (VO)

I THINK GED TEACHERS NEED TO REALIZE THAT WE

ARE THEIR CONNECTION TO THE OUTSIDE WORL.D  WE

ARE SAFE.  AND YOU WANT TO ASK ME A BAD WORD,

IT’S OK.  AND SO TEACHERS HAVE TO BE SAFE AND

MAKE THEIR STUDENTS COMFORTABLE.  COZ IT’S THE

LANGUAGE. 

 

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                                    “Good ESOL teachers perceive English as a “skill” that

students must have to function in our society.”

 

                                                                                    ESOL Curriculum Resource Book

 

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                                                                        GABRIELLE                                                                                       1220308  The first difficulty for me was to be a

human being in the United States and to be human being

in the United States must have driver’s license.  And uh

I was so afraid, English so small.//  And I have another

enemy and it is a computer.  And uh he doesn’t like me.

But I have to sit in front of screen, and he asks me and I

have to decide what answer could be correct.  I do not

understand any questions.  But I did it. 

 

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Culture and Customs

                       

DUKES

2250019  THEY ARE CURIOUS TO KNOW HOW TO

GET BY IN THIS CULTURE.  SIMPLE THIUNGS LIKE

GOING TO GROCERY STORE.  WHERE TO SHOP.  HOW

TO GET THERE.  IF THEY ASK DIRECTIONS, HOW TO

UNDERSTAND THE DIRECTIONS.  // THEY NEED TO

 KNOW THE RESOURCES TO HELP THEM LEARN

ENGLISH.  NEWSPAPERS.  MAGAZINES.  THE FREE

LIBRARY SERVICES.

 

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COHN

17482524  WE DO EMERGENCIES.  SCHOOL VOCAB.

DOCTOR, MEDICAL, DRIVE LICENSES.  DEPENPDING ON

NEED OF STUDENTS.  COZ REALLY FLEXIBLE.  IN ADULT

ED, IF STUDENT HAS A NEED WE’RE GOING TO MEET

THAT NEED AND FORGET THE PLAN.   

 

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                                    DUKES

                                    2263500 WHEN SOMEONE COMES IN MID YEAR, YOU

START THEM WHERE EVERYBODY ELSE IS.  AND YOU

ARE CONSTANTLY REVIEWING EVERYTHING YOU

COVERED.  SO EVEN THO THEY’RE COMING IN

W/SLIGHT DISADVANTAGE BECOZ YOU’VE ALREADY

COVERED SOME MATERIALS, YOU’RE ALWAYS

REVIEWING AND THEY HAVE THAT CHANCE TO

REVIEW.  AND THE STUDENTS HELP EACH OTHER. 

 

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                                    DUKES (VO)

AND EVEN THO THEY’RE FR EVERY KIND OF BG

IMAGINABLE, DIFF EDUCATIONAL LEVELS, DIFF SOCIAL

LEVELS, ECONOMIC LEVELS, IN HERE, THEY’RE ALL

TRYING TO LEARN ENGLISH AND THEY’RE TRYING TO

HELP EACH OTHER OUT.

 

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                                                                        COHN

17415804  //IN THE WORKPLACE IT MIGHT BE TO

LEARN THE LANGUAGE OF THAT WORKPLACE.  

AND WE’VE HAD SOME AT LIKE CRACKER BARREL

AND FACTORIES.  AND UNFORTUNATELY THE PEOPLE

IN WORKPLACE SIX WEEKS, EIGHT WEEKS, YOU GOT

SOME GOODBYES, THEY CAN FUNCTION. 

 

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                                                                        COHN (VO)

OUR GOAL IS MUCH MORE BROAD.  TO MAKE PEOPLE

COMFORTABLE LIVING IN THIS CULTURE.  TO MAKE

PEOPLE HAPPY.  TO SAY, THIS IS A WONDERFUL

COUNTRY. WE LOVE IT HERE.  // OUR GOAL IS OF THE

LANGUAGE BUT ALSO THE CULTURE.

 

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Teaching Workplace Competencies

 

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SUTTON

17061400  SEVERAL OF THE EMPLOYEES HERE CAME

TO MY CLASS LAST YEAR.  BUT BECOZ OF WORK

REASONS THEY COULD NOT ATTEND THE 8 TO 10

OCLOCK CLASS. 

 

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                                                                        SUTTON

AND // OWNER’S SISTER ASKED ME IF I WOULD BE

INTERESTED IN TEACHING ENGLISH.  AND SHE IS THE

ONE WHO TRIED TO TEACH THEM ENGLISH.  BUT BECOZ

SHE IS BILINGUAL, ALL SHE DID WAS TRANSLATE FOR

THEM.  SHE SAID, I NEED SOMEONE IN HERE WHO THEY

CAN JUST HEAR THE ENGLISH.  SO THAT’S HOW IT

STARTED.

 

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                                    SUTTON (VO)

AND I TOLD HER THE GUIDELINES.  HAVE TO

HAVE SO MANY STUDENTS AT THE BEGINNING LEVEL

TO MAKE IT A CLASS.  AND UH THEN WE SET UP A TIME

THAT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THEM.  AND SHE HAS

GIVEN ME FREE REIGN AS TO WHAT I WANT TO TEACH. 

HAS NOT LIMITED IT TO WORKPLACE VOCAB. 

 

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                                                                 SUTTON

16505121  WE TESTED THEM.  WE HAVE THE BEST TEST.

 THERE’S AN ORAL AND A WRITTEN.  WHEN I DID THE

ORAL, I GOT TO WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND THAT’S IT. 

OKAY?  SO, I THOUGHT, OKAY, WE START FR THE

BEGINNING, IT’S A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER. 

 

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                                                                        SUTTON (VO)

16493108 THEY HAVE MAYBE FIFTH GRADE EDUCATION

MAX.  I HAVE ONE STUDENT WHO FINISHED SECONDARY SCHOOL IN MEXICO.  BUT MOST OF THEM

GRADE SCHOOL.  LOW EDUCATION IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. 

 

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SUTTON (VO)

                                    16505121 // I THOUGHT THE ALPHABET, THE DAYS OF

 THE WEEK, MONTHS OF THE YEAR.  NEXT WEEK WE’LL

START ON NUMBERS.  AND THEN BODY PARTS.  THE

VERY BASICS.  AND GO UP FROM THAT. 

 

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SUTTON

16494927 IF THEY ARE ILLITERATE IN THEIR OWN

COUNTRY VERY DIFFICULT, VERY CHALLENGING TO

TEACH THEM ABOUT THE ALPHABET AND THINGS. 

AND IF THEY DO NOT WRITE, THEN….IF THEY HAVE

THE FOUNDATION IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE THEN

THEY ARE MORE APT TO PICK UP THE SECOND

LANGUAGE MORE QUICKLY.

 

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                                                                        SUTTON (VO)

THE ONE WHO HAS THE SECONDARY DIPLOMA IN

MEXICO, HE’S PICKING UP ENGLISH (SHE SNAPS HER

FINGERS)  VERY FAST. 

 

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SUTTON

17165424  THERE IS ANOTHER TEACHER, TEACHING AT

RUSSELL STOVER, IT IS BASICALLY FACTORY

LANGUAGE.  ADDRESSING THE HAZARD ISSUES, THE

BREAK ISSUES, TIME CARDS.  THE WORKPLACE

VOCABULARY. 

 

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                                                                        SUTTON (VO)

//  17172010  AND I THINK WHOEVER HAS AKSED YOU

TO COME INTO THEIR WORK PLACE, YOU AKS THEM

WHAT THEIR NEEDS ARE AND YOU…TO THE BEST OF

YOUR ABILITY, FULFILL THEIR NEEDS. 

 

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                                                                        SON

1065011 Very hard for me.  Thought, what am I doing here?

In this class?  But I think after about one year, things get better.

But it took many years to be comfortable with English.

 

 

 

 

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COHN

17453223  THIS MORNING LUIS SAID, TEACHER,

ANYTHING YOU TEACH US, WE WANT.  WE WANT IT

ALL.  SO, JUST WHATEVER I CAN DO TO MAKE

THEM HAPPIER HERE.  MORE FUNCTIONING RESIDENTS.

 

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SUTTON

17135120  MOST OF THEM WE DO FILL OUT AN INTAKE

SHEET.  AND MOST OF THEM YOU KNOW JUST THE

EDUCATIONAL GAINS….IMPROVE ENGLISH. 

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                                    SUTTON

BUT FOR THIS GROUP, IT WOULD JUST BE THE BASIC

ENGLISH SURVIVAL SKILLS. UH THEN OTHERS, LIKE

MY INTERMEDIATE GROUP, A LOT OF THE WOMEN,

THEIR GOAL IS TO LEARN BECOZ OF THEIR CHILDREN.

THEIR CHILDREN ARE IN OUR PUB SCHOOLS, HAVE

HOMEWORK, MOM NOR DAD UNDERSTANDS WHAT THE

HOMEWORK IS.  SO THAT’S A BIG THING FOR THE

WOMEN.  UH THEIR CHILDREN.  THEY WANT OT HAVE

THE LANGUAGE FOR THEIR CHILDREN. I DON’T THINK

THEY LIKE GOING TO SCHOOL AND HAVING THEIR

CHILD TRANSLATE FOR THEM. 

 

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DUKES (VO)

2204013  EVEN THO IT’S CONSIDERED LEVEL TWO,

WHICH IS THE UPPER BEGINNER LEVEL, I HAVE WIDE

RANGE WITHIN THAT LEVEL.  HAVE SOME THAT

CATCH ON QUICKLY AND SOME IT TAKES A LITTLE

BIT LONGER.  HAVE SOME THAT READ ENGLISH BETTER

THAN OTHERS.  SOME THAT WRITE IT BETTER.  SOME

THAT WRITE AND READ VERY LITTLE ENGLISH. //SO IT

IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY’RE CAPABLE OF

DOING. BUT IT DOESN’T HINDER WHAT I’M ABLE TO

ACCOMPLISH W/THEM. 

 

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                                    DUKES

2372502  // FOR INSTANCE, THIS WEEK WE WERE

TALKING ABOUT FAMILY MEMBERS.  ARE YOU A

GRANDMOTHER?  DO YOU HAVE A GRANDMOTHER? 

THOSE ARE TWO DISTINCT QUESTIONS.  AND I

REALIZED THAT THEY WERE UNDERSTANDING ONE

AND NOT THE OTHER.  SO, WHEN I ASK A 22 YEAR OLD

IS SHE A GRANDMOTHER AND SHE WOULD SAY YES. 

WELL, SHE COULDN’T BE.  (laughing)  SO I’M ALWAYS

MAKING SURE THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS I’M

TRYING TO GET ACROSS TO THEM.  ALWAYS

APPROACHING IT IN A DIFF WAY TO BE SURE THAT

THEY DO UNDERSTAND. 

 

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COHN

17291810  WHAT I HAVE IS AN INTERNTL GED CLASS. //

BUT ALSO TRANSITIONAL CLASS COZ EVERYONE

LOOKS FOR SOMETHING MORE IN THEIR LIFE.  AND

THIS IS A STEP.  ONE HALF, GETTING THEIR GEDS.  

DIDN’T HAVE A LOT OF EDUCATION IN THEIR OWN

COUNTRY.  THE OTHER HALF ARE MORE INTERESTED

IN TOFEL.  WANTS TO GO TO THE UNIV.  OR JUST

LEARNING OUR CULTURE AND LITERATURE AND

THAT KIND OF THING. 

 

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                                    COHN

//174600514  // A LOT OF ESL STUDENTS DON’T NEED

MATH.  WHERE THEY DO NEED MATH IS IN STORY

PROBLEMS.  IF THEY’RE INTERESTED IN TAKING GED

IS TO WORK W/LANGUAGE AND STORY PROBLEMS.

 

CUT to CLASSROOM FOOTAGE, featuring VOLUNTEER.

 

                        COHN

 I USE VOLUNTEERS  IN ALL OF MY CLASSES. 

SOME OF THEM ARE RETIRED TEACHERS.  HAVE

ONE WHO IS RETIRED WEST POINT PERSON.  AND

THAT WAY CAN INDIVIDUALIZE.  DO WORK AS A

WHOLE, COZ THAT IS ONE OF THE STRATEGIES.  TO

BE CONNECTED AS A GROUP.  THEN YOU DIVIDE

AND TRY TO INDIVIDUALIZE AND MEET THE NEEDS. 

VOLUNTEERS ARE THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN DO THAT. 

MUSIC IN as we TX to FULL SCREEN GRAPHIC:  CONFIDENCE

 

“ESOL classes should be adapted to the students’ needs and

curriculum should be used as a resource for the ESOL teacher

and not rigidly followed.”

 

                                                                                    ESOL Curriculum Resource Book

 

TX to LJUBICA HROMIS on SCREEN.

 

                                                                        HROMIS                                                        

                                    2111924  For our children, there was no life.  No future

because of broken economy and problems we saw was

coming.  So we decided to give them better future. //

2125922 We couldn’t get any professional job here. 

He was physician and I was chemical engineer.  And I am

asking to little job in labor, at least to wash dishes.  There

was nobody to help us.  People try but somehow it didn’t

work.

 

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COHN

17460O514  NUMBER ONE IS RESPECT YOUR STUDENTS.

 NO MATTER HOW MUCH OR LITTLE ENGLISH THEY

HAVE.  NO MATTER HOW CLEARLY THEY ENUNCIATE,

TO SHOW RESPECT.  GREAT DEAL OF PRIDE.  TAKES A

LOT OF COURAGE TO COME TO THIS CLASS AND SAY I

NEED SOME HELP.  SO NUMBER ONE RESPECT.  NUMBER

TWO THAT MANY OF THEM ARE EDUCATED.  AND EVEN

IF THEY ARE NOT, WANT HELP FR US TO BECOME

EDUCATED. 

 

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DUKES

2282916 IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT THEY FEEL SUCCESS.

ONE OF THEM MIGHT BE ABLE TO READ A SENTENCE

W/VERY LITTLE PROMPTING.  ANOTHER ONE I CAN

ANTICIPATE THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A PROBLEM

BEFORE I HAVE THEM READ A PASSAGE I MIGHT

REVIEW SOME OF THE WORDS I THINK WILL GIVE THEM

THAT PERSON A PROBLEM.  SO I TRY TO BUILD SUCCES

IN EVERYTHING I ASK THEM TO DO.

 

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COHN

17444719  WHAT DO YOU DO W/HIGH FUNCTIONING

PEOPLE?  ONE OF MY IMPORTANT THINGS IS I WANT TO

KNOW THEIR GOALS.  WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? 

WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?  YOU SPEAK PRETTY

WELL.  YOU CAN READ, WRITE.  SO WHAT ARE YOU

DOING?  LAST YR HAD A WOMAN FR JAPAN, WHO GOT

HER GED.  WAS COLLEGE EDUCATED.  UNIVERSITY

EDUCATED IN JAPAN.  AND I SAID WHY DID YOU DO

THIS?  AND SHE SAID, BECOZ IT MADE ME FEEL GOOD.

 I KNOW THAT I PASSED THAT TEST AND I CAN

FUNCTION IN THIS SOCIETY AND I FEEL GOOD.  SO I

THINK PEOPLE ARE HERE FOR CONFIDENCE AS MUCH

AS ANYTHING. 

 

GRAPHIC:  CONFIDENCE -- Building Confidence In Ourselves

 

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COHN (VO)

17382906  I THINK IN ADULT ED AS WHOLE IN THIS

STATE, YOU HIRE SOMEONE WHO’S ENTHUSIASTIC

AND WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE’S

LIFE.  AND THEN YOU SAY, SINK OR SWIM, HONEY.  

 

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COHN

DON’T KNOW WHAT THE TURNOVER IS IN ADULT ED,

COZ I THINK IT MIGHT BE HIGH, COZ YOU’RE SO

OVERWHELMED // WAS FIRST ONE HERE TO START ESL,

SO NO ONE HERE TO ASK.  SO KIND OF SANK FOR A

WHILE.  SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE A MENTOR, TO HAVE

A SUPERVISOR WHO’S VERY VERY SUPPORTIVE IN

ISSUES OF HAVING MULTI LEVEL CLASS, MULTI LEVEL

NEEDS /MATERIALS.

 

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                                    SUTTON

17025724  ONE THING IS WE DO HAVE A WONDERFUL

PEER TRAINER NETWORK.  THERE ARE 8 OF US IN THE

STATE AND I AM FORTUNATE TO BE THE PEER

TRAINER FOR DISTRICT 3.  LAST YEAR RECEIVED A

CIVICS GRANT AND WE UH WROTE A RESOURCE

CURRICULUM BOOK, WHICH IS VERY GOOD.  I WISH I

WOULD’VE HAD THAT TWO YRS AGO WHEN I  STARTED. 

 

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                                    SUTTON

// WE’RE TRYING TO GET ESOL HELP FOR THE NEW

TEACHERS.  AND RIGHT NOW I USE ESL LITERACY. 

PUBLISHED BY LONGMAN.  VERY SIMPLE, YOUR BASIC

SKILLS.  THERE’S A LOT OF GOOD MATERIAL OUT

THERE.  YOU TAKE A LITTLE BIT FR HERE, LITTLE BIT

FR THERE. 

 

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                                    SUTTON

17035424  // ALSO REFER TO RESOURCE CURRICULUM

BOOK FREQUENTLY FOR AN IDEA.  AND I MIGHT NOT

NECESSARILY USE THAT EXACT LESSON THAT

SOMEONE HAS WRITTEN, I MIGHT TAKE IDEAS FR

THAT… BUT IT’S THERE TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF

WHAT YOU CAN DO. 

 

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                                    COHN

17511900  THAT’S THE NATURE OF THE BEAST.  YOU

DON’T HAVE THE SAME 20 KIDS EVERYDAY.  BUT THAT’S WHAT’S ENJOYABLE.  THE FLEXIBILITY.  THE CHALLENGE.  AND YOU’RE NEVER BORED IN THIS JOB.  NEVER.

 

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                                                                        COHN

17514316 ESL TEACHERS ARE SPECIAL.  IT TAKES A

SPECIAL PERSON TO DO THIS.  NOT EVERYBODY CAN

DO IT. 

 

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                                                                        DUKES

2351005  OH, IT’S THE BEST THING I’VE EVER DONE. 

IT’S THE MOST REWARDING.  THEY PAY US.  BUT I

WOULD PROBABLY DO IT W/OUT PAY.  MAYBE NOT

TELL THEM THAT, BUT… (LAUGHS)  IT’S JUST…WHILE

I’M HERE I’M TOTALLY ABSORBED.  THIS IS

COMPLETELY REWARDING TO ME.  AND THE

FRIENDSHIPS I’VE MADE WITH STUDENTS, AND THE

RELATIONSHIPS I HAVE, ARE JUST WONDERFUL.  I FEEL

LIKE I’M DOING SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE ELSE ALL

THE TIME.  THEY ARE SO EAGER TO LEARN.  AND THEY

APPRECIATE YOU.  WHO WOULDN’T LIKE THAT?

 

MUSIC IN as we TX to FULL SCREEN GRAPHIC:  CONFIDENCE

 

            “The best ESOL classroom includes respect, laughter, warmth, is

a safe haven for our ESOL students and, above all, gives them hope.”

 

                                                                                    ESOL Curriculum Resource Book

 

MUSIC CONTINUES, as we DIP to BLACK and UP on

 

FULL SCREEN GRAPHIC:  FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE

 

                                                (CLS website address)

 

                                                            VOICEOVER NARRATOR

                                    For more information, consult the ESOL Curriculum Resource

Book and the University of Tennessee Center for Literacy Studies

website.