Webinar: Real Talk - Discussing Complex Issues in the Beginning ESL Classroom

November 2020

ESL instructors sometimes avoid difficult topics like race, civil rights, or immigration in the beginning ESL classroom out of concern that the language of those topics might be too "advanced.” However, our students engage with such difficult topics on a daily basis, so early exposure to, and practice with, that language may benefit them. In this Nov. 6, 2020 webinar, the presenters share approaches to discussing complex social issues in beginning ESL classrooms with examples from their classrooms.

Presenters: Lawrence Lawson (Palomar College) and Guillermo Colls (Cuyamaca College)

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Publication: California Acceleration Project
Author(s): Lawrence Lawson and Guillermo Colls

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