The October 2022 issue of the CAPacity Gazette focuses on strategies that boost transfer-level English completion for English learners, and this fall the CAP webinars spotlight the collaborative work of ESL and English faculty at select colleges engaged in this transformative work. We’ll also connect with researchers to provide updates on the most recent research guiding these changes.
Webinar 1: What’s’ the Same and What’s Different? Transfer-Level English Composition Designated for English Learners vs. Mainstream Composition
ESL professor Rebecca Beck and English professor Summer Serpas co-developed curriculum for Irvine Valley College’s composition course with corequisite support around a theme of connection and belonging. In this webinar, they will compare how they use this curriculum to support English learners in an ESL-designated section versus a mainstream section.
October 14 – 12:30-1:00 PST
Presenters: Rebecca Beck and English professor Summer Serpas
Webinar 2: Supporting English Learners in Mainstream Transfer-Level English Composition
The most recent CAPacity Gazette featured innovative courses, curricula, and classroom practices that support English learners to complete transfer-level English. Join us for a conversation with ESL faculty featured in the Gazette who will share strategies to support English learners in mainstream composition classes. Bring your questions and ideas to this interactive session with Jessica Pardoe from Santa Rosa Junior College, Nicole Siminsky from Palomar College, Rebecca Beck from Irvine Valley College, and Jose Cortes from Solano College.
Webinar 3: AB 705 Research Update on English Learners
Join us for updates on the latest AB 705 research focused on English learners in California’s community colleges. Craig Hayward and Terrence Willett from the Research and Planning Group will discuss their research into placement of English learners who are US high school graduates, international students, and adult learners. Olga Rodriguez from the Public Policy Institute of California will share highlights from PPIC’s latest report on how colleges have responded to AB 705 with changes to ESL placement and course sequences and an early analysis of how these changes have impacted course outcomes for ESL students in transfer-level English composition.