Hi all - My name's Chad Patton with the Literacy Center of West Michigan. I direct a program called Customized Workplace English that provides business ESL and Literacy instruction within a business during times that work well for their employees. We've very well providing contextualized instruction to English Language Learners because they self-identify as having a need for ESL. We have, however, had a harder time recruiting native speakers of English for literacy instruction.
The semester started this week, and I'm teaching a new class this year. So I'm still trying to learn before I teach. Not that it's an excuse, but it's a good reason why I haven't taken the time to get back to OER commons.
At our state Adult Basic Education conference last week, this brief talk (among others!) was given by a local ABE manager. The speaker, Jodi Versaw, was responding to the question, "Why Does ABE Matter?" If you teach ESL, you'll enjoy this eloquent affirmation of our work.
Submitted by LINCS_Communications on November 13, 2014 - 9:50am
The LINCS Community is pleased to announce a new special discussion. Starting next Monday, the Health Literacy group will host ESL as a Mechanism for Advancing Health Literacy, moderated by guest speaker Maricel Santos, Ed.D.