I haven't been especially interested in ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) in the past, but it's a good skill to have so I'll keep an open mind about the classes, of which there are six. (And perhaps I'll wind up enjoying much more than I think.) The first class is "Foundations of ESL," and like all the other classes, meets once a week for three hours in the evening; during the rest of the week there are various online assignments - videos to watch, articles and textbooks to read, essays, quizzes, etc. We're even lent textbooks: The Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development Handbook: A Complete K-12 Reference Guide and Myths and Realities: Best Practices for English Language Learners.
Among our assignments this week, we're reading the following:
- Chapters one and two of The Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development Handbook;
- "Helping ELL [English Language Learner] Newcomers: What Your Students Need to Know & Related Links";
- "Educating Newcomer ELLs with Limited Schooling: An Overview";
- Chapters one and two of Myths and Realities.
- Also, a video: "Utah Conversations with Pamela S. Perlich, Ph.D."