Adult ESL - Family Literacy - and Technology
Submitted by Paul Rogers on March 19, 2019 - 5:08pm
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Hello, Everybody -
My adult ESL program classes have evolved into a Family Literacy program that is proving to be very successful.
I teach in a library and my students are working adults, usually women with children. My classes consist of lessons on a few websites, particularly pumarosa.com, followed by a "live" class around a table. I have found that including the use of computers also provides the solution to multi-level classes.
A few months ago I showed them STARFALL for kids, and encouraged them to show their children at home. The response was very positive, so I then contacted STARFALL to get some story books with audio CDs.
The students are all very enthusiastic because now they can help their kids with reading and also learn some English at the same time.
The library where I teach classes also has a bilingual story time for kids which the parents often attend.
As you can imagine, many immigrant parents feel alienated from their kids’ school, but through this type of program they can become more involved. Actually their interest in learning English has grown, as well as their interest in using technology.
My classes are very informal, based on the fact that working adults with families simply cannot attend classes on a regular basis. But I also post audio and video lessons on WhatsApp groups, which fills in the gap quite well.