Entries for 'ESL'

September 2021  

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.

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February 2021  

The fifth issue of the California Acceleration Project's newsletter includes:

  • Highlights from three recent research studies on AB 705
  • Grading for equity
  • Growth in SLAM and B-STEM Pathways
  • Profiles of successful corequisite students 
  • Humanizing online education
  • Supporting English language learners in online composition
  • CAP spring webinar series on addressing inequity in our classrooms

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January 2021  

Statewide research shows that English language learners who graduated from a U.S. high school are at least twice as likely to complete transfer-level English if they enroll in the course directly rather than taking a stand-alone ESL class. However, those students often benefit from support in English language conventions and cultural context. To address this, colleges across California are designating specific sections of transfer-level English for ESL students. Learn about Irvine Valley College's model and strategies to address the writing and language needs of ESL writers in transfer-level English.


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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.


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September 2020  

This webinar features researchers from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and the Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP) co-presenting on the landscape of English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in the California Community College system, with a focus on the variations in ESL pathways statewide and an exploration of pathways that help maximize throughput for different ESL student groups.


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August 2020  

Though ESL and English have long been seen as two very separate disciplines, viewing the same students’ writing across multiple semesters reveals that students’ English can and does develop as they tackle the challenges of college-level coursework.  Following a close examination of selected students’ work, the presenters will share inclusive practices to support students from varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds in composition courses.

 


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July 2020  

Fourth issue of CAP's newsletter, featuring data and stories from CA community colleges transforming placement and remediation, including highlights from the first semester of full AB 705 implementation


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April 2020  

CAP leader and Cuyamaca ESL Professor Guillermo Colls shares tips and tricks for moving an ESL course online and answers your questions as we all work to move our classes online.


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February 2020  

Third issue of the CAPacity Gazette, a newsletter from the California Acceleration Project 

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May 2019  

The second issue of the CAPacity Gazette features stories from colleges that are transforming ESL, English, and math, including Cosumnes River, Foothill, Porterville, MiraCosta, Mt. San Antonio, Reedley, and Cuyamaca colleges, plus new corequisite remediation data from the Multiple Measures Assessment Project.

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April 2019  

A set of resources to support colleges to implement AB 705 in ways that produce the greatest gains in student completion and equity. 


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July 2018  

A Seat at the Table features three colleges where corequisite remediation and accelerated ESL instruction are producing substantial gains in completion and equity. Interviews with faculty at these colleges shed light on the classroom practices, teacher mindsets, and professional development efforts that are helping more students to succeed, providing useful guidance for other community colleges on how to implement the dramatic changes required by new legislation in California (AB 705).


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