Classroom Strategies to Support ESL Students in College Composition

Friday, October 15, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Presenters: Melissa Reeve and Jose Cortes

English language learners can bring many strengths to the college composition classroom, as well as learning needs that many faculty feel ill-equipped to support. In this interactive session, experienced instructors of college composition for non-native English speakers will share some of their best practices, strategies, and materials for working with this population.  Whether ESL students comprise a majority or minority of your composition students, we invite you to join the discussion.  When and how can we offer targeted, just-in-time language instruction? And when might activities developed to support English learners actually “lift all boats” in a heterogeneous classroom? Let’s brainstorm the possibilities. 

Curricular Options for Supporting English Learners in College Composition
Presenters: Melissa Reeve and Jose Cortes

Since the passage of AB 705, community colleges have implemented different curricular models with the goal of maximizing the rates at which English learners complete transfer-level English composition. This webinar will review these models in detail and provide a comprehensive list of the offerings in place at colleges this fall. The presenters will also share common features from course outlines and samples to help faculty at other colleges develop targeted support for ESL students enrolled in transfer-level composition.